4970Re: [SCA-JML] before kanji?
- Jun 17, 2001Gara of Lions Gate wrote:
> I have a question for the scholars on this list! Did the inhabitants of theNope, kanji were the roots of the first writing system in Japan.
> Japanese islands have a writing system *before* they borrowed kanji from
There were many neo-nationalist scholars in the Edo period who believed that
there *had* been a native writing system, called jindai moji (literally:
"characters from the age of gods" and usually translated as "divine script").
It was supposed to have existed in the days when the kami were active (your
Kojiki-days) and into the third and fourth centuries, and was supplanted by
kanji... but it never existed.
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