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  • Japanese Mythology

  • A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of Japanese Myths
  • By: Bernard Hayes
  • Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Asia

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Publisher's Summary

This book is dedicated to exploring the gods and goddesses that the Japanese worshiped, and within the pages you will find subtopics like:

  • Ancient, exciting stories and mysterious myths and intriguing legends from Japan
  • Gods and goddesses that were common in Japan thousands of years ago
  • Historical anecdotes and fun, related background facts
  • The intense meaning and purpose of swords in Japanese culture
  • The controversial legend of Issun Boshi
  • Real folklore monuments and locations you can visit that date back to times of mythological beliefs

Japanese mythology is intricate and complex, and the ideals behind their mythological beliefs were often intertwined with real-life events. This book will examine how both myth and fact contributed to the culture and traditions of the Japanese, and how these influences and stories continue to live on throughout the centuries. 

©2018 Bernard Hayes (P)2018 Bernard Hayes

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  • TK
  • 13-12-2018

A Lecture Given By a Bored Teenager

This whole book reads like a high school essay on Japanese Mythology where the student didn't do enough research but was still trying to make the minimum word count. In a culture as ancient as Japan, there are thousands of myths and legends to choose from but here the author tells the same creation story four times in the first forty minutes.

Unenthusiastic narration and poor recording quality don't help matters, even if the same myth wasn't repeated over and over.The chapters are broken up into sections so the tales are constantly interrupted with the narrator saying things like "Chapter 1: Section 3" which is just jarring when you are trying to at least hear if anything new was said and makes it feel like it's supposed to be part of a Powerpoint presentation.

Give this one a pass, if you are interested in Japanese Mythology and want to find try and find a copy of The Fox and The Jewel: Shared and Private Meanings in Contemporary Japanese by Karen Ann Smeyrs or Japanese Tales by Royall Tyler.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-2021

a grain of knowledge

the narrator was not bad if you listen to the sample you may think he sounds bad but I think it was just the point which it picks to read if you start from the beginning it is fine the content repeats but the nihonshoki tells the same stories sometimes 3 or five times but the information was fine the Japanese was alright not bad a few times it was off but he did a good job the gods were interesting but some not explored in detail and a chapter is just a list of different gods sometimes with short stories but this is more of a intro and you can learn something it is not the Korean sutras bound in metal of almost it is like an infinite number but a nice book that brings knowledge even if your rice paddy ( field) only grows an inch if you keep learning it will keep growing an inch regardless if it is fun and more fortune wisdom and fun and rice will come in the form of knowledge it was a entertainment experience but also has knowledge if the author of the book is still writing these the I wish them well and that the knowledge of generations will get past on to the future

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-2019

Informative

The content is interesting and educational. I enjoyed the narration as well which can be challenging.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-2018

Finally something Japanese

So many people forget that the Japanese had gods and goddesses as well, not just the Greeks, Vikings or Chinese. I liked it for that reason.

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