Of Weavers and Birds: Structure and Symbol in Japanese Myth and Folktale

  title={Of Weavers and Birds: Structure and Symbol in Japanese Myth and Folktale},
  author={Alan L. Miller},
  journal={History of Religions},
  pages={309 - 327}
This paper takes as its point of departure my previous article, entitled "Ame No Miso-Ori Me (The Heavenly Weaving Maiden),"1 where I tried to show the importance of weaving symbolism to the understanding of Amaterasu, often styled the Sun Goddess. There I argued for a fuller recognition of Amaterasu's role both as an important contributor to the Shinto cosmogony and as priestess in rituals of world maintenance. In that study I focused on texts set down from the beginning of the eighth to the… 
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