The Other Face of the Moon

Gathering for the 1st time all of Claude Lévi-Strauss’s writings on jap civilization, The different Face of the Moon kinds a sustained meditation into the French anthropologist’s dictum that to appreciate one’s personal tradition, one needs to regard it from the perspective of another.

publicity to eastern artwork used to be influential in Lévi-Strauss’s early highbrow development, and among 1977 and 1988 he visited the rustic 5 occasions. The essays, lectures, and interviews of this quantity, written among 1979 and 2001, are the fabricated from those trips. They examine an outstanding diversity of subjects—among them Japan’s founding myths, Noh and Kabuki theater, the individuality of the japanese musical scale, the artisanship of Jomon pottery, and the connection among eastern image arts and delicacies. For Lévi-Strauss, Japan occupied a different position between international cultures. Molded within the old earlier by means of chinese language affects, it had extra lately included a lot from Europe and the U.S.. however the substance of those borrowings was once so rigorously assimilated that jap tradition by no means misplaced its specificity. as if considered from the hidden part of the moon, Asia, Europe, and the US all locate, in Japan, photographs of themselves profoundly transformed.

As in Lévi-Strauss’s vintage ethnography Tristes Tropiques, this new English translation offers the voice of 1 of France’s so much public intellectuals at its so much personal.

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Torim-­sa fell into decay. yet new shoots grew up from the roots of the bamboos which have been decrease and other people took cuttings to plant of their gardens in order that they may well pay attention the music they sang, and so they did likewise with the hands. 89 herodotus in the china sea types of the Midas tale proliferated within the folklore of Mongolia and Tibet. * Their attainable arrival in Korea and Japan isn't prob­lematic. there's for this reason no cause to imagine that the presence of the tale of Croesus at the Okinawa Islands poses a prob­lem both. Buddhism, which included such a lot of Hellenic and Hellenistic components, may have introduced motifs originating in Greece to the a long way East. or maybe the fatherland of the protagonists—Lydia in a single case, Phrygia within the other—is a clue that the 2 narratives have their aspect of foundation in Asia, from which they can have traveled in either instructions. * R. A. Stein, Recherches sur l’épopée et le barde au Tibet (Paris: PUF, 1959), pp. 381–383, 411–412. ninety Photo by way of Junzo Kawada. Copyright © 2011 Éditions du Seuil, “La Librairie du XXIe siècle. ” photograph via Junzo Kawada. Copyright © 2011 Éditions du Seuil, “La Librairie du XXIe siècle. ” Photo by way of Junzo Kawada. Copyright © 2011 Éditions du Seuil, “La Librairie du XXIe siècle. ” picture via Hindenobu Junnai. Copyright © 2011 Éditions du Seuil, “La Librairie du XXIe siècle. ” Photo through Toru Haga. Copyright © 2011 Éditions du Seuil, “La Librairie du XXIe siècle. ” Photo through Junzo Kawada. Copyright © 2011 Éditions du Seuil, “La Librairie du XXIe siècle. ” photograph by means of Machiko Ogawa. Copyright © 2011 Éditions du Seuil, “La Librairie du XXIe siècle. ” Photo via Junzo Kawada. Copyright © 2011 Éditions du Seuil, “La Librairie du XXIe siècle. ” picture by means of Junzo Kawada. Copyright © 2011 Éditions du Seuil, “La Librairie du XXIe siècle. ” Photo by means of Laurent Lévi-Strauss. Copyright © 2011 Éditions du Seuil, “La Librairie du XXIe siècle. ” 5 Sengai The paintings of Accommodating Oneself to the realm Th e a r t o f Sengai, as André Malraux learned, leaves the Western beholder puzzled: “No different some distance jap art,” he stated, “is so distant from our personal and from us. ” Ev­ery time the which means of the legends that Sengai inscribed within the margins of his work is published to us, we grab a bit larger the explanations for that loss of un­der­stand­ing. by means of their that means and their photographs, the phrases have as a lot value because the painted topic. simply because those brief texts, usually within the type of poems, with their implicit quotations, facetious allusions, and hidden meanings get away us, now we have just a fragmented belief of the works. In a feeling, besides the fact that, that's real besides for all some distance jap portray, that's indissociable from calligraphy, and never in simple terms simply because calligraphy generally occupies a spot in it. every one factor repre ninety one sengai sented—tree, rock, waterway, direction, mountain— acquires, past its brilliant visual appeal, a philosophical which means, through advantage of how the painter depicts it and situates it in an or­ga­nized entire.

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