For citation:

Nalepin A.L. “Kojiki” and A.A. Vanovsky on the Genesis of Mythological Entities in the Archaic Myths of the Ancient Japan. Studia Litterarum, 2020, vol. 5, no 2, pp. 390–411. (In Russ.)

DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2020-5-2-390-411

Author: A.L. Nalepin
Information about the author:

Alexey L. Nalepin, DSc in Philology, Leading Research Fellow, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.

E-mail: a_nalepin@

Received: April 13, 2019
Published: June 25, 2020
Issue: 2020 Vol. 5, №2
Department: Folklore Studies
Pages: 390-411

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Keywords: Vanovsky, Russia and Japan, Russian emigration, Kojiki, Russian and Japanese folk culture, volcanoes.


This article bears on the previous research of folkloristic works by Alexander Vanovsky in the field of Japan folklore studies. The research was initiated in 2018 by the article “Japanese Folklore in the Works of A.A. Vanovsky and Their Importance for the Russian-Japanese Cultural Transfer” (Studia Litterarum [7, p. 276–297]). It introduces works by an outstanding 20th century philosopher Alexander Vanovsky, a professional Russian revolutionary who became an original religious thinker and an interesting literary critic in Japanese emigration. Vanovsky paid much attention to the development of Russian-Japanese comparative studies. This article enriches Japanese, European, and Russian folklore studies, by offering new interpretation of the ancient Japan epic. The study of Vanovsky’s heritage allows us to establish a harmonious synthesis of folklore studies and philosophy that is beneficial for both philosophical thought (especially the cognition theory) and the study of folklore in Russia.


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