Thursday, January 04, 2007
SO WHO IS BURIED IN ALL THOSE EMPERORS' TOMBS?
The ever-Imperial Imperial Household Agency has traditionally refused entry to many Imperial Tombs, since the Imperial Household Agency is in charge of maintaining the tranquility of the Imperial Souls allegedly interred in them, but no one really knows who is actually interred there, because the Imperial Household Agency has traditionally refused entry to many Imperial Tombs -- a sort of Imperial Catch-22 -- not only because some tombs may not be Imperial, but more likely because researchers might discover something that dilutes the ancestral purity of Wa, to say nothing of impugning the necessity for an Imperial Household Agency.
So who IS buried in all those emperors' tombs? We may be about to find out, though somehow I doubt it...
In any case, things are drifting backward in other respects as the very same agency has canned the idea of female succession to the Crysanthemum Throne, since traditionalists continue to believe "that Emperor Jinmu was the first monarch, and that he was a descendant of Amaterasu Omikami [who was, it should be pointed out somewhere, so why not here, FEMALE] the mythical progenitor of the Imperial family and the principal Shinto deity."
Imagine what some other-Asian DNA in those Imperial Tombs might do to that belief...
Posted by Robert Brady on Thursday, January 04, 2007