Wosite was Deliberately Erased Part 3. The period after Emperor Chūai
In Parts 1 and 2 the introduction of Kanji and Buddhism into Nihon was discussed,
I wrote that the past as recorded by Wosite was erased and forgotten. I started thinking that there was another big reason for the erasure.
The more you examine it, the more it seems that before these two cases, invading into the world of Nihon’s mind in invisible form, something was gnawing at [mushibamu, to eat into] Nihon in an unknown way … It seems that there was something:
Confucian thought was transmitted to Nihon.
Emperor Chūai and Consort Jingū. [Emperor Chūai; also known as Tarashinakatsuhiko no Sumeramikoto; was the 14th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. The dates of his reign are conventionally given as 192 to 200. Wikipedia]
Jingū kougou, sometimes called ‘Empress’ Jingū, was consort of Chūai and, after his death, served as regent 201 – 269. Jingū was left behind. She became possessed and practiced oracles with great zeal. She became a kannushi priest herself. When Jingū was asked the name of the god of the oracle, her reply was: Tsukisakaki-Itsu no Mitama-Amasakaru Mukatsuhime no Mikoto. This shows that, little by little, Amateru Kimi was becoming his own Uchimiya (consort), Seoritsuhime Honoko. As Amateru (male) came gradually to be considered female, his consort’s name vanished.
Seoritsuhime. Seoritsuhime’s honorary name was Amasakaru Hinimukatsu Hime. She was also called Mukatsuhime. She was a person of miyabi great refinement (selfless, always thinking of others).
miyabi ni ha kimi mo kisahasi
fumi orite amasakaru hi ni
mukatsuhime tuhi ni iremasu
The consort’s position was of course lower than the Kimi’s. However, the kokoro heart of Seoritsuhime Honoko was surely tuned to To no Wosite [Teachings of To]. Kimi Amateru treated her equally. In other words, the lady stands facing the Kimi equally (Mukatsu, hence her honorary name of Mukatsuhime). While there were other hime, she was the only hime to be living in the same place as Kimi.
She was at the top of all the hime that were gathered to support Kimi. This is the working of Wowoyake for the Uchimiya [the inner hall of consort]. Besides, when urgent things happened when Kimi was absent tending to affairs of state, she acted as his agent of government with the help of ministers.
Mikotonori (imperial decrees) were only issued by Kimi but Uchimiya Seoritsuhime Mukatsuhime was able to release Kotonori (decrees).
Nihon Shoki. Well, Nihon Shoki was written a long time ago. Because Wosite had disappeared, Nihon Shoki was written without being understood.
In this series of cases, isn’t it a confrontation between Confucianist acceptors and traditional factionists? It gradually started from Emperor Chūai, then conflict became more and more intense. Finally it killed the old traditional faction. The country fell into the darkness of confusion.
Mr. Matsumoto and Mr. Ikeda, early Wosite researchers, both understand it. There do not seem to be any others who are interested in this. This means that the contemporary researchers, who kept to the accepted ways, have taken over.
Summary of this post
After the passing of Emperor Chūai, his consort Jingū kougou took power during the third century. She began conflating the name of Amateru with Mukatsuhime, thereby turning him into a female kami.
Seoritsuhime Mukatsuhime, consort of Amateru, was a woman of great refinement and ability who assisted him in his duties.
This was a period of confrontation between traditionalists and the more recent Confucianist faction, until the traditionalists were eliminated.
There are very few today who understand this. Two exceptions are Mr. Matsumoto who discovered the Wosite documents and Mr. Ikeda who joined him in researching Wosite.
We are not posting the fourth blog of the Julian Way series on the erasure of Wosite (not necessary or appropriate for a Western readership). Instead, we are presenting a summary of the key points as our own Part 4.