|Emperor of Japan|
|Reign||572 –585 (traditional)|
|Buried||Kawachi no Shinaga no naka no o no misasagi (Osaka)|
The years of reign of Bidatsu start in 572 and end in 585; however, there are no certain dates for this emperor's life or reign. The names and sequence of the early emperors were not confirmed as "traditional" until the reign of Emperor Kammu, who was the 50th monarch of the Yamato dynasty.
Traditional history[change | change source]
Events of Bidatsu's life[change | change source]
In the 15th year of Kimmei's reign, Bidatsu was named Crown Prince.
Bidatsu's reign was marked by power struggles about Buddhism. The two most important men in the court of Bidatsu were Soga no Umako and Mononobe no Moriya. Soga supported the growth of Buddhism, and Moriya wanted to stop it.
Bidatsu suffered from an unknown disease which afflicted him with sores. Probably, he was the first royal victim of smallpox in Japan.
After his death[change | change source]
According to the Imperial Household Agency, the emperor's final resting place is in an earthen tumulus (kofun). Bidatsu is venerated at a memorial Shinto shrine (misasagi) which is associated with the burial mound.
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), 敏達天皇 (30); retrieved 2013-1-31.
- Brown, Delmer. (1979). Gukanshō, pp. 262-263; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki. pp. 124-125; Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 36-37.
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Traditional order of Tennō" at pp. 962-963; excerpt, "dates ... should be treated with caution up to Emperor Bidatsu Tennō, the thirtieth on the list."
- Aston, William George. (1896). Nihongi, p. 109 n1.
- Kelly, Charles F. "Kofun Culture," Japanese Archaeology. April 27, 2009; retrieved 2013-1-31.
- Brown, p. 262.
- Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959) The Imperial House of Japan, p. 46.
- Titsingh, p. 36.
- Varley, p. 44; compare Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), Ceremony of Accession (Sokui-no-Rei); retrieved 2013-1-31.
- Brown, pp. 262-263.
- Hopkins, Donald R. (2002). The Greatest Killer, pp. 105-106.
- Martin, Peter. (1997). The Chrysanthemum Throne: a history of the Emperors of Japan, p. 35.
- Brown, p. 263; Varley, p. 125; Titsingh, p. 37.
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