“I wish I could be more adaptable and live more gaily in the present world- had I not had an extraordinary sorrow- but whenever I hear delightful or interesting things my yearning for a religious life grows stronger” -Murasaki Shikibu
Heian Japan was the scene of the original pride and prejudice- and it reigned supreme. Opinion mattered in a time when what you said and did- or didn’t and with whom, was used as a cultural currency to influence, use, and abuse.
Becoming Murasaki: Exploring Religious Subtext in the Court Diary of Murasaki Shikibu examines the rise of Buddhism and how it effected the court against a backdrop of splendor in the floating world of the Heian period, specifically through the perspective of Murasaki Shikibu at court. Through her court diary- the Murasaki Shikibu Nikki- questions about the deeper meanings behind court life vs personal life, observations, the rituals and lasting impact of Buddhism through the sacrifice of Shintoism are carefully juxtaposed.
Becoming Murasaki takes you through the narrow lens of an expansive world where ritual, protocol, and rules, can quickly paralyze you into conformity only to immortalize you into an iconoclastic heroine of history.