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Crime on the Estates: Justice and Politics in the Kōyasan Domain

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In the early medieval period, Kōyasan developed increasingly close institutional and personal links with the society of its home province of Kii. To expand its control over nearby estates, the temple exploited the occurrence of “crime” and its ability to mete local justice to weaken the position of provincial warriors. Combining its judicial authority as estate proprietor with religious might, it imposed binding vows on troublemakers. This article traces the com- plex relationship between shōen society and temple power through a series of incidents and considers the balance between local and national sources of authority in the Kamakura period.

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Author(s): Garrett P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Japanese Studies

Year: 2015

Volume: 41

Issue: 1

Pages: 79-112

Print publication date: 01/02/2015

Online publication date: 01/02/2015

ISSN (print): 0095-6848

ISSN (electronic): 1549-4721

Publisher: Society for Japanese Studies


DOI: 10.1353/jjs.2015.0030


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