Re: [SCA-JML] Re: blackened teeth
- Hi. Forgive me for not addressing you by name, but you didn't give one. I think I have answers to some of your questions. Read down.>>>>Hi. I'm new here. I was reading up on past posts, and I had a
question about the tooth blackening thing. Did they blacken all their
teeth, or just the top ones? I have heard different things.>>>>Tooth blackening was a common practice in Japan from very ancient times for both men and women. When the bushi took control of the government, men stopped doing it but upper class women continued to blacken their teeth until the Meiji Restoration when the Empress was the first "woman of quality" to appear in public without blackened teeth. She did it to encourage the Westernization that her husband, the Emperor, was espousing.Tooth blackening was accomplished with a mixture of iron filings and oak galls or strong tea -- anything that produces high levels of tannins, it seems.>>>>Also,
how did bushi women from the Kamakura era wear their hair?>>>>In a long ponytail caught at the nape of the neck or flowing free down the back. The elaborate hairstyles we normally think of when we think of Japan belong to the 17th century.
What did Kamakura era bushi women wear besides the red hakama and>>>>
the white kosode? I bought one vintage kimono over the net, a white
wool one with skinny red stripes (can't afford silk :(), and I just
want to know what else I have to make/buy.>>>>Kamakura era women wore any number of robes over their kosode and hakama. They didn't go out of doors without an overrobe. It would be worn open and trailing or it could be tied closed with a small sash and pulled up to make walking easier. Here are some pictures:A Kamakura era woman in everyday dress: http://www.iz2.or.jp/fukusyoku/busou/1.htmA Kamakura woman in traveling clothes: http://www.iz2.or.jp/fukusyoku/busou/7.htm
I found a decent book in Borders called "Everyday Life In>>>>
Traditional Japan" by Charles J. Dunn in an effort to 'bone up' on
japanese culture. Unfortunately, it seems to cover the Tokugawa era
more than the Kamakura era. Are there any books that one can
recommend about everyday life in feudal Japan during or around the
12th century, or can I get away with most of the stuff in my book?>>>>Check Amazon.com for anything by Richard Mass. He was the master of the subject of the Kamakura era. I haven't read anything by him that was bad...And be careful of the word "traditional". It usually means 19th century.>>>>Sorry to deluge you guys with all these questions, but I kind of
need a little help.
>>>>Understood. Better to ask those who have gone before than to struggle alone. =)Kassaka Fujiwara no Aoi
- Shonaigawa Dono!
Greetings from Solveig! If you ignore the rice fields,
everything from Tohoku North, plus Kamikochi and a
few other central mountain areas looks like Washington
State except miniaturized somewhat.
As for the Old Norse business. One interesting feature
of early Japanese architecture is log buildings. Log
buildings are actually fairly uncommon. The Haida,
Klinget, &c did not have log buildings. They built
split plank buildings. The Norse, the Volga Russ (more
Norse), and the Japanese built log buildings.
I can see how you are finding similiarities between
Ainu textile patterns and North Pacific coastal texitle
patterns, but they are also distinctly different. Totem
poles are actually quite interesting. Only two Pacific
Coastal tribes originally did free standing totem poles.
However, totem pole like lodge poles can be found
pretty much ubiquitously among North Pacific coastal
indians and in a variety of Polynesian cultures. The
Ainu do not appear to be genetically related to this
group, but they could have acquired this cultural
artifact from trans-Pacific sources.
If you are interested in truly radical Archeological
theory, Thor Hyrdahl (sp) posits extensive trans Pacific
commerce, &c. by the PNW coastal groups and especially
the Haida who were the vikings of the Pacific Northwest.
The Haida are definitely known to have practiced
celestial navigation out of sight of land. Their
canoes were definitely seaworthy. Aside from theories
about their involvement with the Easter Islanders, they
are definitely known to have undertaken voyages of
hundreds or even thousands of nautical miles on a
Japanese involvement with the three kingdoms on Chosenhanto
(Korean Penninsula) is pretty well established and involves
much easier journeys than trans-Pacific journeys. Please
understand that the national founding legend for Atera
(New Zealand) involves the voyagers in danger of starvation
on their canoes at the time they spot a cloud bank on the
horizon. (Atera basically means long cloud bank and is the
name for New Zealand. I was friends with a New Zealander
about a year ago.)
One thing that you do have to watch out for with touristy
spots is that they sometimes deliberatly put in things
intended to look exotic. This may not be the case with
the village that you visited. But, it is something to
watch out for.
As I recall, part of the Japanese version of the Indian
Wars involved forced resettlement of at least some of
the conquered groups. Among other things, Japanese are
notibly hairier than groups across the sea of Japan, and
some Japanese are notibly hairier than others. This
hairiness is not normally part of the Amerind phenotype.
The Ainu on the other hand are noted for being quite
According to most estimates there are almost no pure-blooded
Ainu left. However, even the photographs from Batchelor's
Ainu studies show significantly hairly people. In a recent
Monumenta Nipponica article, the diary of the Rusian official
who occupied Shakalin following the Pacific War noted the
preponderance of curly haired children among the Japanese
population. Curly hair is also not noted as an Amerind feature.
Your Humble Servant