Women’s religious belief and writing

Ms Longmei Zhang1, Ms Yan Chen2, Miss Chunquan Qiu3, Miss Ruhui Ma4

1Beijin Foreign Studies University, Beijin, China, 2Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China, 3Hunan University, Changsha, China, 4Beijin Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China


In the Heian and Medieval Period in Japanese history, female writers left a large number of diary literature, which is a very strange phenomenon from the perspective of world literature. Our group aims to explore the relationship between Buddhist belief and the female writers’ creation of diaries and tales. By comparing women’s writings in China and the Choson Dynasty, we analyze the literary works of Michitsuna no Haha, Murasaki Shikibu, Lady Nijō and Hino Meishi.

In Kagerō Nikki, Michitsuna no Haha mentioned that she wished to become a nun. But ultimately her faith was used to improve the practical interests of her worldly life. Murasaki Sikibu was different, because she thought that becoming a nun was the inevitable destination. In the Medieval Period, Buddhist renunciation was the only way for Lady Nijō to escape from prostitution and keep her chastity. And Hino Meishi’s Buddhist act is also her way of proving her chastity. Women in the Middle Ages began to take the initiative to use Buddhist activities to achieve their realistic purposes.



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