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Engishiki norito kōgi
(Suzuki Shigetane)
Lectures on the Norito in the Engishiki. Written by Suzuki Shigetane. Fifteen fascicles. Also referred to simply as Norito kōgi (Lectures on the Norito). A commentary on the twenty-seven norito found in Book Eight of the Engishiki (Procedures of the Engi Era). This work was begun in the tenth lunar month of 1848, and completed in the spring of 1852. Together with the Nihon shoki-den (Exegesis on the Nihon shoki), this is Shigetane's major work. Shigetane interpreted the norito as being "institutional documents for the grand government of the land," which contain both official state edicts and laws directed at the populace. Citing and expanding upon a broad range of related texts and the writings of earlier scholars, this is a particularly detailed commentary, and amounts to a comprehensive collection of early modern scholarship on the Norito. After the completion of this work, Shigetane wrote the first commentary on the Yogoto prayers of the Nakatomi clan (Nakatomi no yogoto), called Nakatomi no yogoto kōgi (Lectures on the Nakatomi Yogoto). Included in the Nihon bungaku kochūshaku taisei series (Kokusho Kankō Kai), and in Suzuki Shigetane zenshū, vols. 10-12 (1939).

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