The Historical Tales and Figures in Iro-Setsuden
前村, 佳幸Maemura, Yoshiyuki
琉球大学教育学部紀要＝Bulletin of Faculty of Education University of the Ryukyus
14 , 2015-09 , 琉球大学教育学部
Iro-Setsuden, a book written in classical Chinese, contains many folk tales created by rewriting documents written in the old Japanese epistolary style (sorobun). These documents were submitted by local officials to Shuri government in the former part of the 18th century. This paper translates some original texts (seven stories selected out of approximately 140 stories) into contemporary Japanese. and examines the context of Iro-Setsuden's contents, by focusing on the tales on historical events or persons of ancient Ryukyu.The examination suggests that these historical tales include subjects of virtue or ethics. This is important in understanding this book with regard to the purpose and significance of its compilation among other history books of Ryukyu.