An important Shinto text. Written in Chinese in the early eighth century on the order of the Japanese imperial court, the Nihon-Shoki, or Chronicles of Japan, contains two sections. The first is a selection of myths and legends, many connecting Shinto deities such as the Sun Goddess Amaterasu with noble families as well as describing other elements of Shinto belief. The second is a genealogy of Japan’s important clans from the fifth through seventh centuries. Among the important events that the text records is the introduction of Buddhism in Japan and its appeal to the ruling clans, who associated it with the more advanced culture of China.
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