Departmental Bulletin Paper 中世文学における死と救済―怪異の視点から、能「鵺」をめぐって―
Death and its relief in Japanese literature of the Middle Ages

姫野, 敦子  ,  ヒメノ, アツコ  ,  Atsuko, HIMENO

  In Japanese literature of the Middle Ages, how was death and its relief represented? I thought through a Noh-play “Nue” by Zeami (1363? ~1443?). In medieval literature is expressed as “Ojo” in the meaning of Buddhism. “Ojo” is a way of getting away from the pains known as the “transmigration in the six worlds.” Entering Nirvana is not promised in “Nue”, but I ask for a postlude to mourning with “Shura- Noh” in the times of Zeami, and I describe a state of hope of entering Nirvana. I conseder the influence of the “Hell of Beasts” on “Nue” and conseder that this gave Zeami a stranger means of appealing to audiences by showing the difficulties of entering Nirvana.

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