Departmental Bulletin Paper 日中再生説話比較研究 : 現世と冥界の往復を中心として
A Study of the Japanese-Chinese Rebirth Story: Focusing on Travelling Back and Forth Between the Real World and the Netherworld

劉, 成竜  ,  Liu, Chenlong

63pp.1 - 11 , 2016-12 , 新潟大学大学院現代社会文化研究科
A long time ago, people began to grow fearful of the netherworld, and wanted to understand it. Soon, as a result, the rebirth story (SAISEI SETUWA) came into being. In it, characters who had experienced death told of their experiences in the netherworld, and through this story we can catch a glimpse of ancient people’s understanding of the netherworld. In the Chinese classical rebirth story, the distance between the real world and the netherworld is clearly written, while in the Japanese-Chinese story, a boundary exists between life and death. The characters can go through the boundary into the netherworld, and return to the real world. In the Chinese story, the characters enter the netherworld by a horizontal move, and come back to the real world by a perpendicular move. In the Japanese version, the characters go into the netherworld by falling perpendicularly into a hole. In this thesis, I will define the differences in the distance and boundary between the real world and the netherworld in the Japanese and Chinese versions of the rebirth story.

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