How are tales or “lessons” from literature reflected in cultural objects that survive across South and Southeastern Asia, China and Korea, and Japan? Select a country to focus on. Identify examples and their sources.
It is difficult to summarize the entire cultural and moral history of one nation, but if one was to choose then Japanese art and culture during both the Feudal and Meiji Periods would be a good example due to its emphasis on tradition, style, and adherence to past works. Japanese art and culture often focuses on the beauty and harmony of nature, showing to humanity the need to find our own identity with nature and the harmony within that relationship.
Art from these eras often show scenes of nature which express the beauty, vibrancy, and purity of the natural world and the importance of these entities. Poetry, especially the famous haiku poems of the region, again emphasize the importance of nature and harmony and humanity’s place within this world.
As Japan’s main religion of the time was Shinto, a religious system which is based on natural spirits and deities, it is easy to see where the moral aspect of this art and culture stems from.