Thought in Japanese Studies

A thought struck me the other day (no, I don't know why--it came from left field), and I thought I would share it. I may be wrong about this, but I need time to do some more reading.

I would have to read the Nihongi and Kojiki again, but I do not recall there being a true origin myth in those books--and I am not referring to the "origin" of the Japanese people as offspring of Amaterasu. The Japanese must have had origin myths at some time, perhaps much like the one of Mexico City; myths that talk about where they came from, and why. I do not know whether the myth has been modified by scientific/archeological knowledge recently, but some West Coast natives have oral traditions that seem to talk about their travel down the coast of B.C. before the last Ice Age completely petered out, while the Mexican myth of a man having a vision is taught in Elementary School (see their flag for a visual depiction of the vision).. Perhaps, in order to justify their being in the islands, the Japanese had to brush these mythologies aside for the new ones claiming they had always been in the land of the Rising Sun. After all, we know that they were not the first peoples to settle the island chain. In fact, there may be some suspicion as to whether they were even the second. We also know that they came from a long ways away--see Roy Andrew Miller's linguistic studies. Surely their early oral traditions would have contained stories of their trek across a continent, their wanderings down the Korean peninsula, and their dangerous voyage across the sea. Perhaps these legends even contained a core of WHY this journey was made; perhaps a fantastic image by their chief holy man.

We now think we have a good idea of where the Garden of Eden was. We have a mythology of why we (i.e. a group of expatriates) were tossed out (perhaps the truth to the myth may be a story of how the expulsion followed upon the heels of a challenge to the existing authority/king). Due to the lack of a writing system prior to the Japanese adoption of the Chinese writing system, seemingly taking place after the early myths were tossed by the same ruling elite that adopted Chinese writing, we will probably never know the reason those early nomads left their home in the Ural-Altaic region. We can only postulate that they were forced out by a conquering people, foods became scarce, or some other such reason.