What you need to know about Miyazaki Part 1

Bizarre scenes are amazing creatures and strange details in cartoons Miyazaki refer to the Japanese culture, religion, and art. Finding sources we can find out what Miyazaki makes the Japanese themselves.

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Spirits and deities

At the beginning of “spirited away”, we see how the family of three goes to a small town or village in search of a new home in which they have to move. Heroes call on the forest road, you know that took a wrong turn, try to pass through and fall into the abandoned amusement Park, which, as it turned out, inhabited by spirits. And not even just spirits. In the picture, which shows the beginning of the abandoned road, you notice the torii is a wooden gate special form, always marks the entrance to a Shinto Shrine. Also, if you watch the movie in Japanese, you can hear that the characters-the spirits are not called the zombie — that is, ghosts and kami. Kami is a deity of Shinto, which, according to the Japanese worldview, inhabit all the world: there are kami of mountains, kami of the rivers, kami of the garbage.

There is a powerful kami, who are responsible directly for the whole range of phenomena: for example, Inari, the deity of harvest, rice, and along with a successful business, and Amaterasu kami of the sun and of the Supreme goddess. Handmade vintage things, too, can become kami and are called a: in folklore often occur parasols and lanterns, which became Kami can live in the ancient trees or the rocks. These house spirits are highlighted in a special harness made of rice straw with zigzag paper strips (jap. shimenawa). Shimenawa encircled camphor tree in the anime “My neighbor Totoro” (1988) — and Totoro is a powerful spirit of this tree.

The owner of the forest demons Mononoke

Miyazaki almost in his every film raises the issue of the dual perception of a higher power. Most fully this topic is covered in the movie “Princess Mononoke”. In it, Miyazaki depicts the confrontation between the people trying to conquer the primeval forest “for the benefit of civilization,” and those who inhabit this forest — mythical creatures, animals-by object and girls, who grew up among wolves.

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