ancient Japanese culture – the Heian Aristocracy

The ancient Japanese culture aristocrats of the Heian period (794-1191) is probably the most interesting. Many of their values, practices and habits seem to be almost opposite to what we see as obvious or "normal" in today's society. Aristocratic members of society who held the rank of imperial court. There was not enough space for social mobility Heian Japan and hereditary rank and to the emperor himself. Although only 1% of the population were aristocrats, almost all the historical literature of this period by the aristocracy, the aristocracy. Very little is known about the lifestyle of the common people during the Heian Japan.

Romance is very much alive in this period. If a man saw a woman of good taste and wanted to meet him for the first time to find out where he lives. He will be a poem about three lines of verse. smell Everything you need for perfection of the poem, including the handwriting, the paper and the type of perfume used in the letter and envelope. Depending on the season and the circumstances, the right flowers or wood fiber would be selected and attached to the letter. After judging the man & # 39; s level of sophistication and taste of the poem, you can then decide to ask the man a visit. The first meeting with the woman sitting behind a screen so that only you could see his outline, and the two talk, or exchange of poems. If both sides gave enough hints you can follow a physical connection.

The concept of beauty was very different during the Heian than now. There are many beauty rules apply to both sexes. The naked body was considered ugly, and always should be vested, often many layers of clothing. Optional equipment was critical, and even a small mistake can be a great source of embarrassment or destroy a reputation. Both sexes shape of a fat, round face puffy, powdery white skin, small eyes and considered ideal. The slim figure, dark skin was the peasant class, who worked often worked outdoors and do not get enough to eat.

Some rules were more accurate in women. White teeth are ugly by Heian aristocrats and women blackened their teeth with a sticky black paint. When a woman smiles, laugh & # 39; It had a mouth like a toothless, dark oval. Women also had to move their eyebrows as Mother Nature has apparently made a mistake. To correct the "mistake" eyebrows plucked out and then painted, usually quite thick, about 2-3 centimeters above the original position. Another feature of his long hair was popular, and women often grew her hair, so that was longer than the length of the body. Washing hair was responsible for all the servants, and can be a whole day event.

There were rules of beauty and appearance, which are specifically for men. A large amount of facial hair were unattractive, but a thin mustache and / or a small tuft of beard on his chin was ideal. The men did not have to pluck eyebrows, but idealized depictions of this period show the eyebrows high above the forehead. Aristocratic women in this period has a reputation for being feminine graphics and some hard to tell men and women apart. This is particularly evident in the depictions of children and young adults. Things have changed a lot since the time of the Heian aristocracy, but to get to know their views of the world will help to make your own contemporary values.

Source by Alton J Trevino

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