Songs of Gods, Songs of Humans: The Epic Tradition of the Ainu: Philippi, Donald L.; foreword by ...

Songs of Gods, Songs of Humans: The Epic Tradition of the Ainu

Philippi, Donald L.; foreword by Gary Snyder

Published by Princeton University/University of Tokyo Press, 1979
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415 pages. An English-language collection, with commentary, of Ainu tales and folklore. The Ainu are a native people living in the far north of Japan. First edition (first printing). Original box very good; book fine; publisher's glassine dust jacket very good. Uncommon nice and complete. Bookseller Inventory #

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As an especially beautiful and pure example of the archaic epic styles that were once current among the hunting and fishing peoples of northern Asia, the Ainu epic folklore is of immense literary value. This collection and English translation by Donald Philippi contains thirty-three representative selections from a number of epic genres including mythic epics, culture hero epics, women's epics, and heroic epics. This is the first time, outside of Japan, that the Ainu epic folklore has been treated in a comprehensive manner.


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About the Author: Born in 1930 in San Francisco, Gary Snyder grew up in the rural Pacific Northwest. He graduated from Reed College in 1951 with degrees in anthropology and literature, and later, 1953 56, studied Japanese and Chinese civilization at Berkeley, returning there to teach in the English Department. Throughout these years, Gary Snyder worked at various outdoor jobs as a seaman, as a lookout in Mt. Baker National Forest, as a choker setter for a logging company, on a trail crew at Yosemite National Park. These experiences are integrally reflected in such works asRiprapandMyths and Texts. As he has remarked, "I ve come to realize that the rhythms of my poems follow the rhythm of the physical work I m doing and the life I m leading at any given time which makes the music in my head which creates the line". After participating in the San Francisco revival, the beginning of the beat poetry movement, with Ginsberg, Whalen, Rexroth and McClure, Snyder quietly went off to Japan in 1955 where he stayed for eighteen months, living in a Zen monastery. In 1958, he joined the tanker "Sappa Creek" and traveled around the world. In early 1959 he again returned to Japan where, apart from six months in India, he studied Kyoto under Oda Sesso Roshi, the Zen master and Head Abbot of Daitoku-Ji. He has spent further time (1966 67) in Japan on a Bollingen research grant. In 1969 he received a Guggenheim grant and toured the Southwestern United States visiting various Indian tribes.

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Title: Songs of Gods, Songs of Humans: The Epic ...
Publisher: Princeton University/University of Tokyo Press
Publication Date: 1979
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition.

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