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The strange survival and its modern significance

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Most scholars agree that the traditional account, according to which the imperial dynasty was founded in 660 BC by Emperor Jimmu, is a myth, and that the first nine emperors on the official list are legendary figures. Some historians believe that the second son of Queen Toyo, who is mentioned in the Annals of the Kingdom of Wei, is Emperor Sujin, and that the Nishitonozuka burial mound is his tomb. The Jinshin Disturbance of 672, over a succession dispute, ended in the victory of Emperor Temmu. The line of Emperor Temmu continued until Empress Kōken in the eighth century. In the middle of the eleventh century, with the rise of the bushi (warrior) and sōhei (armed monk) classes, the situation started to change. In 1394, Yoshimitsu acquired the title dajō daijin, or Grand Minister of State, as Kiyomori had done before him.

Keywords: dajō daijin; Emperor Sujin; Emperor Temmu; imperial dynasty; Kiyomori; Yoshimitsu



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