The Woman Diver and the Dragon Ball
- Steve McCarty (see profile)
- Digital Pedagogy, Premodern Japanese History
- East Asia, Culture, Women in literature, Religions, Asia, Buddhism, Japan, Area studies
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- Noh, symbolism, Representations of women, values, conflicts, East Asian culture, Asian religions, Japanese studies
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- A Noh play and temple chronicle, thought to have prehistoric origins in one of the oldest professions, was translated for the Shikoku Bilingual Guidebook by Akiko Takemoto and Steve McCarty. The co-author narrates this podcast, telling the heart-wrenching story of a woman's ultimate sacrifice, with an overlay of Buddhism and archetypal symbolism. After the story, some discussion questions are suggested to have listeners consider the significance of the story and the East Asian cultural value conflicts involved.
- The author has published a bilingual research paper "Legend of the Woman Diver" alluded to at the end of the seven-minute podcast, linked under Projects in his Profile which analyzes the ancient and historical layers while interpreting the significance of this quintessential Japanese woman's story.
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- 4 years ago
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