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...

2 comments:

alfred said...

Once when I was co-teaching an English class with a teacher in Maizuru, the teacher pointed at me with a pointer à la scientific specimen, and said to the class: "Westerners are different from us. *We* are descended from the Sun Goddess - which has been proven scientifically with DNA - and they are *not*!" Then one of the seventh-graders in the class muttered in response, in a distinctly native Australian accent: "Ya old f*rt, we're all just monkeys..."

Fortunately, the teacher didn't understand what the student had said, and was way too embarrassed to demand a translation into Japanese...

Robert Brady said...

Yeah, they must have a sample of the Sun Goddess's DNA somewhere in Japan. In scientific terms, that would of course be dDNA (deific DNA).

Amazing, some of the folks who are considered qualified to teach young minds about the world...