By Kunihiko Kasahara
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This exciting mix of paintings and geometry will excite either your creativity and your interest. Out from below your hands will come strikingly beautiful types: want by yourself hand-crafted capturing celebrity, all silvery, golden, or fiery crimson; “grow” lovely red paper cherry blossoms (symbol of Japan, domestic of origami), and construct pyramids, cubic modules, and different dimensional figures.
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Men carried out Ainu religious rituals, after preparing the items used in them. Men were the ﬁghters, and warfare between separate Ainu communities was fairly common. Ainu epics suggest that at one time class differences existed between Ainu, with higher ranking men doing the ﬁghting while servants carried out daily chores. At the top of the system were the men who were expert at hunting bears. 10 Women’s duties were very different from men’s. ” One job women did not do, she tells us, is washing dishes, because they reasoned that the dishes would soon be used again in the same way, so there was no sense in cleaning them between uses.
After his second wife gave birth to a daughter, the ﬁrst wife became jealous of the attention given to the new mother. So the ﬁrst wife pretended to become very ill and proclaimed that in order to recover she had to eat the heart of the little girl. The husband sadly ordered two men to take the child to the woods, kill her and bring back her heart. The kind-hearted men killed a dog instead and secretly returned 2. The Ainu 37 the child to her mother; then the pair ﬂed. Eventually the evil wife was turned into a crow and the husband had a dream telling him to live again with his second wife and daughter.
What has a puffed belly, but no legs, hands, eyes, or mouth? An egg. What goes up the river with a loud voice? Ice, which forms ﬁrst at a river’s mouth and works its way upstream. Also, what rests during the day and works at night? Lamplight. Ainu had superstitions, too. Chamberlain recorded some of them: a man who obtains a cuckoo’s nest will become wealthy if he lets no one see the nest. But if a cuckoo lands on the roof of one’s house, it means that ﬁre will destroy the house. It will rain if one dreams about rivers or liquids or swimming.