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The Parting Ways of Power. Commentary on the "Divine Age" and "Jinmu" chapters of Nihon shoki. Written by the late Edo period National Learning (kokugaku) scholar Tachibana Moribe. Twelve fascicles. Fascicles One and Two are devoted to general theoretical issues, Three through Eleven cover the Divine Age chapters, and Twelve covers the Jinmu chapter. Moribe is supposed to have begun this commentary before his fiftieth year, sometime in the Bunsei era (1818-30), and completed his expanded manuscript in 1844, in his sixty-fourth year. Distinguishing among the various ancient accounts, the work presents an inquiry into the "Way of the August Deities" ("sumera kami no michi"), providing numerous original explanations, while at the same time rejecting Motoori Norinaga's interpretations as "wrong-headed theories" ("jasetsu"). In 1845, Moribe presented this work to the Court. Included in Shintei zōho Tachibana Moribe zenshū, vol. 1 (Tōkyō Bijutsu, 1967).

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