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Beautiful Plants, Ambivalent Animals, Humans: "Japanese Natures" in Historical Perspective

14 mar 2018 17:30 - 19:30
Bibliothèque du Laboratoire d'anthropologie sociale
3 rue d'Ulm
75005 Paris

Conférence d'Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney (résidente 2010 et 2016 de l'IEA de Paris) dans le cadre du séminaire interne du Laboratoire d'anthropologie sociale.


This presentation offers a glimpse into the vast and complex topic of "Japanese nature" inhabited by the soul-bearing beings of the universe - plants, animals, and humans - some becoming deities. The most commonly chosen symbols of "Japanese nature" are mountains, trees, rocks, wind and water. I choose to focus rather on the symbolism of plants, animals and humans, with a special attention to their relation to the ground (jimen), which contrasts with "above the clouds" where the deities reside - a notion that has been used from the first myth-histories of the eighth century. The paper will be devoted to examining the sociopolitical contexts of these symbols and their meanings, a way to shed a light on the dialectic of ontology and political economy.

Philippe Descola assurera les discussions.


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