world history to 1500 murasakis diary

Murasaki’s diary

Chose a different question and provide a short paragraph addressing it.

1. Ritual is an important part of everyone’s life, but ritual is not necessarily part of religion. What are some of the rituals that occur in Murasaki’s diary?

2. Murasaki is concerned about what kinds of things within the court? How does she describe them?

3. Over the course of these pages, we find Murasaki increasingly depressed. What is the source of this depression? (pp. 33-35)

4. What role does religion seem to play in the life of the Japanese of Murasaki’s time? What role does religion play in Murasaki’s daily musings?

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