Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ainu spirits singing: the living world of chiri yukie's ainu shin'yoshu

Quite frankly, this is a book I wish I had written. The scholar who has this honor, however, is Sarah M. Strong, professor of Japanese at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and I am sincerely happy that a book covering the life and work of Chiri Yukie with such thoroughness and depth is finally in print.

The Table of Contents (below) is enough to make my mouth water:


1 Chiri Yukie and the Origins of the Ainu Shin’yoshu
2 The Living World of the Ainu Shin’yoshu
3 The Ainu Social Landscape
4 Weighty Animal Spirits and Important Game Animals
5 Symbolic and Ordinary Animal Spirits
6 Chiri Yukie’s Ainu Shin’yoshu

Works Cited

The Preface can be downloaded as a PDF file from this page.
Click here for a detailed description and reviews of the book. It was released just this month from University of Hawai'i Press, and can be ordered from the aforementioned link or from Amazon US.