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{August 12, 2010}   Traditional Social Status of Japanese Women

The relative worth of women was actually greater in Japanese history than it was in the history of the West. Throughout the religious history of Japan, the indigenous Japanese religion, Shinto, exerted a powerful influence on Japanese notions of gender and preserved the memory not only of a remote past when women ruled as shaman-queens but also of the role of creative and benevolent female kami (gods) in the foundation and organization of the Japanese state.

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