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Women in Ancient Japan: From Matriarchal Antiquity to Acquiescent Confinement

Women in Ancient Japan: From Matriarchal Antiquity to Acquiescent Confinement
The role of women in ancient Japan elicits inconsistencies due to different influences that were integrated at various time periods. The primary influence that contributed to these inconsistencies was religion. Integration of the two major religions of Japan, Shintoism and Buddhism, created a paradox for the female identity; altering women’s place in Japan’s matriarchal antiquity to a state of acquiescent confinement by the dawn of the Meiji Restoration. Different conjectures of ancient Japanese women were formed in direct correlation to the spiritual beliefs of the time. Evaluating the feminine identities educed by these beliefs illustrates the drastic changes that occurred for women. Through literature and written records a window to the past is created, allowing modern day analysis on the status of women in antiquated Japan. Painting depicting women of ancient Japan. In 552 A.D the introduction of Buddhism from China would interfere with the Shinto dominated perception of women. i.)

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