Record of Miraculous Events in Japan: The Nihon ryoiki

Dec 14, 2013

Record of Miraculous Events in Japan: The Nihon ryoiki

by Elliott Samuels

Compiled in the early Heian Period (794-1192), the “Nihon ryoiki” comprises the country’s first major collection of anecdotal literature, or setsuwa. The collection contains 116 spoken stories over three volumes that were passed from person to person, village to village, until they were finally ...