8938Re: Looking for suggestions for Kofun and Yayoi.
- Dec 21, 2002--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Barbara Nostrand <nostrand@a...>
> Noble Cousin!rice
> Greetings from Solveig! Yayoi culture does not mark "large scale
> cultivation" it marks rice cultivation period.Depends on how you define "large scale", I guess, but I'm not getting
into this discussion again, at least not right now. <g>
> The problem with claiming to be a priest is the generally acceptedimperial
> notion of the unity between the priesthood and kingship in pre-
> Japanese Society. The Society for Creative Anachronism does not inThere's a difference between claiming to be THE reigning
> general support free assumption of princely status.
shaman/shamaness/priest-king of a group, and claiming to be A priest
or of a priestly family. I would of course go for the latter, as a
distant cousin/servant/assistant to our local leader. As I belong to
a be that has become known for its skilled divinations (or what have
you), and as I have shown some meager talent for that practice, I
have been sent to assist my ruler in the smaller day-to-day
ceremonies that keep life functioning smoothly.
(After all, according to the Gishi-wajinden, Himiko of Wa had 1000
female servants who came to serve her "willingly"! ^.^ )
Besides, aren't members of the SCA assumed by default to be minor
nobility? What I am thinking would, in my opinion, be an appropriate
> I assume therefore that you are from before the tumulus period. ThisWell, where is it defined in the governing documents that one must
> is seriously prehistoric. Yes, there is the Wei chronicle, but that
> hardly makes the period historic in Japan.
represent a persona from a "historic" (literate) culture? Besides,
AFAIK writing didn't really take on until late Kofun anyway...most of
what we know before Asuka is from archeological or non-Japanese
historical evidence, so Kofun is arguably no more prehistoric than
After all: "The SCA period is defined to be Western civilization
before 1600 AD, concentrating on the Western European High Middle
Ages." To reiterate what has been said too many times already--
going by that rule, very few of us on this list belong in the SCA.
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