Re: [SCA-JML] Re: tooth blacking again...
- stephen higa wrote:
>When speaking of Japanese history, Nara and Heian were classified by the
> Effingham wrote:
> > It's irrelevant. Only the kuge were doing the tooth-blacking in the early
> > years, and definitely NO ONE was doing it in the Kofun period.
> Oh; Lady Fujiwara told me this was a quite ancient practice, and that it
> occurs amongst some Polynesian cultures as well. I was thinking that it was
> a ritualistic thing (anti-death) that had deep roots in indigenous Japanese
> religion which at least since the Wei Chih has viewed death as unclean.
Japanese as ancient (but typically not so by westerners). It's all relative.
But there's no evidence for it being done in the protohistoric period and
certainly I can't recall it being mentioned by the Chinese in the Wajinden.
>*Where* have they done this? From what period?
> Incidentally, they have unearthed MANY skulls with the front teeth knocked
> out (i.e., too many to attribute it to natural happenstance); archaeologists
> have begun to speculate that this was cosmetic or ritualistic or something.
> Does anybody know about this? However, I'm not about to do that to myself.
- --- In sca-jml@y..., "Anthony J. Bryant" <ajbryant@i...> wrote:
> When speaking of Japanese history, Nara and Heian were classified bythe
> Japanese as ancient (but typically not so by westerners). It's allrelative.
hmm...well, I asked her about my period, and she said it was more
ancient than that. Oh well, though, i don't NEED to do it. ;)
> But there's no evidence for it being done in the protohistoricperiod and
> certainly I can't recall it being mentioned by the Chinese in theWajinden.
hmm, that's true. They mention all sorts of other bodily adornments,
so you'd think they'd especially mention the teeth. Point taken.
> *Where* have they done this? From what period?I don't remember exactly what regions of Japan. They were Jomon and
perhaps even Yayoi period.