Re: [SCA-JML] Fight for you right to say "no" tis enough already
- On Sat, May 30, 2009 at 5:10 AM, Jennifer Kobayashi <jhkob@...> wrote:
>Your words would elicit praise from Master Kou himself! Masterfully said!
> I can understand how the discussion of rank and proper names may bore those who have not shared the splendors of the court of Heian Kyoh or live within the shining light cast by the Emperor over his court.
> Those of us that have that privilege, or have had the uplifting experience before being exiled to the dreary provinces, understand how life revolves around rank and perception of rank. It informs what we are called, what we wear or are allowed to wear, how we behave and what we talk about. However, sometimes translations of these subtleties into English are not always clear or maintain that accuracy of detail that one might wish.
> For evidence of of the pervasiveness of rank and rank consciousness, you could check most diaries of the time, for example _The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon_, and I would also recommend Ivan Morris' _The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan_.
> Respectfully, Ki no Izumi