Asian Studies, Cultural Anthropology

In the framework of Asian studies the documented agrarian prototype of Japanese Shintocult (Toshiaki Harada: 'little tradition') sheds new lights on the origins of Japanese culture and fundamentally questions conventional mythical interpretations of early japanese history. The documented material suggests that socio-territorial cults and deities of the documented type played an important role in the ancient 'kuni' as 'local constitutions' (terms related to reed, knots, tectonic and territorial categories playing an imortant role in Japanese 'myths'). These 'constitutions' were mentioned in the new imperial constitution which superseded them by importing spatially and temporally more extended concepts. The movie can partly be taken as an illustration of 'mythical' and prebuddhistic conditions in a still dominantly agrarian Japan.

In the domain of cultural anthropology 'fibroconstructive' signs and symbols are known from many cultures

In this context the movie may impressively illustrate the high potential of symbolic meaning and territorio-semantic characteristics expressed by such Eurocentrically devalued symbols (primitive religion). In contrast to their former interpretation in the frame of 'primitive' belief, they now can be objectively described as highly complex nuclei of a complex relational system.