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The Divinity and Power of Words in Ukei

Hence the Ukei was the central mystery of the Divine Ritual. Its practice, however, had fallen into abeyance for centuries, and thus it was that Oen had striven for its revival so that, in this confused world, men might once more attain the guidance of the gods and have the divine will manifested to them.

Thus the Ukei ritual was “worship of the awesome and exalted gods,” and the Emperor’s Land was a land whose good fortune sprang from the wondrous power of words. For it was evident that when the priest intoned the ritual, his words, fraught with sacred power, invariably called down the protection of all the gods of heaven and earth. Thus the Ukei was “worship by words fraught with sacred power.”

Yukio Mishima, “Runaway Horses” (Chapter 9)

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1 Response to “The Divinity and Power of Words in Ukei”


  1. 1 ian
    February 3, 2010 at 09:36

    This reminds me of what I’ve read about the Hindu priests at the time of the Buddha. They were real big on the power of the word and ritual to call down the divine. Buddha responded negatively to all this, but I get the feeling it was because of the dogmatic quality the worship.

    The book I got that from is available online:
    http://books.google.com/books?id=h2Qh2zzNkNkC&lpg=PP1&dq=the%20historical%20buddha%20Schumann&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

    Or I could just send you my copy, if you’re interested. Its a good read.


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