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Herman Ooms

Lineages, Genealogies, Uji: A Discussion

Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften – Japanologie, AAKH-Campus, Hof 2, Eingang 2.4
Spitalgasse 2, AAKH Campus, Hof 2.4, Seminarraum JAP 1, 1090 Wien


There seems to be no clear scholarly agreement on how to best translate uji ?. Since questions of terminology often cannot be settled satisfactorily, it helps to bring into focus aspects of their genesis, especially since uji were shaped and made to function during the late seventh century, corralled by a new Japanese state. Ranked and assigned to official service, the future of uji was secured through modifications of Tang succession rules. They resembled a corporation, certainly formed a class, and started to be referred to by a modified Buddhist term with connotations of caste. At the same time, uji names, bestowed by the emperor, displayed some numinous qualities, as some examples from the seventh and eighth centuries illustrate.

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