By Victor Pelevin
Victor Pelevin, the iconoclastic and wildly fascinating modern Russian novelist who The New Yorker named the best ecu Writers below 35, upends any traditional notions of what mythology has to be along with his special tackle the parable of Theseus and the Minotaur. by way of making a enchanting global the place the surreal and the hyperreal collide, The Helmet of Horror is an intensive retelling of the parable of Theseus and the Minotaur set in an online chat room. they've got by no means met, they've been assigned unusual pseudonyms, they inhabit exact rooms that open out onto very assorted landscapes, they usually have entered a discussion they can't escape — a discourse outlined and destroyed through the Helmet of Horror. Its wearer is the dominant strength they name Asterisk, a strength for strong and unwell during which the Minotaur is eternally current and Theseus is the nice unknown. The Helmet of Horror is established based on the best way we speak within the twenty-first century — utilizing the Internet — but instilled with the figures and narratives of classical mythology. it's a labyrinthine exam of epistemological uncertainty that substantially reinvents this delusion for an age the place details is plentiful yet wisdom eventually unimaginable.
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In mythical terms, the Japanese people constitute a super-dπzoku. The imperial household, descended from the foundress Amaterasu-π-mikami through her grandson Ninigi-no-mikoto, is the honke or main ie; other households are distantly or more closely related to the imperial household through a process of continued branching of ie. Some members of the sets of deity or ancestor arrive there by adoption, others through birth. Whatever the case, some form of amorphous familial feeling is engendered in many of the myths.
A Korean fleet of 50,000 Mongol soldiers and Korean sailors landed in Kyushu. A second fleet of 100,000 Mongols and Chinese arrived from Southern China. The two fleets landed men at Hakata Bay, one of the expected landing points that the Japanese had fortified with a wall. The fighting lasted for about fifty days. At the end of that period another typhoon arose. Both invading fleets were heavily damaged, losing over two-thirds of their ships and manpower. The repeatedly miraculous nature of the Mongol defeat, combined with the claims by the clergy that the Japanese victory was due to divine intervention, meant that the idea of the kamikaze, the divine wind that helps Japan defeat its enemies, became enshrined deeply as a national myth.
There was the beginning of a standing army, as well as written laws, taking over from customary tribal law. The influence of the mainland, particularly China, did not end there: It extended to political and legal models, and, no less important, to the importation of a whole new religion: Buddhism. , the capital—which had moved from one place to another with the death of each reigning emperor— was established at Nara. The cost of moving the entire court, dismantling the great halls and rebuilding them, was possible in a small clan-dominated system but impossible in an administrator-centered government, with its attendant officials and records.