|Emperor of Japan|
|Died||593 (aged 72)|
Kurahashi no oka no e no misasagi (Nara)
Emperor Sushun (崇峻天皇 Sushun-tennō, d. 592) was the 32nd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign started in 587 and ended in 592. Historians consider details about the life of Emperor Sushun to be possibly legendary, but probable. The name Sushun-tennō was created for him posthumously by later generations.
Traditional history[change | change source]
Sushun had one Empress and two Imperial children.
Events of Sushun's life[change | change source]
- 587: In the 2nd year of Yōmei's reign, he died. The succession was received by a younger half-brother who would become known as Emperor Sushun. This was confirmed in ceremonies.
- 592: Sushun's reign lasted for five years before his death at the age of 72.
The emperor's first minister was his powerful uncle, Soga no Umako. Sushun planned to remove the head of the Soga clan from his office. When the plan was discovered, Umako ordered someone to murder Sushun. In the early history of Japan, this is the second time that an emperor is murdered.
After his death[change | change source]
According to the Imperial Household Agency, the emperor's final resting place is in an earthen tumulus (kofun). Sushun is venerated at a memorial Shinto shrine (misasagi) which is associated with the burial mound.
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References[change | change source]
- Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), 崇峻天皇 (32); retrieved 2011-10-19.
- Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 38-39; Brown, Delmer et al. (1979). Gukanshō, p. 263; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, p. 126; Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric et al. (2002). "Traditional order of Tennō" in Japan encyclopedia, pp. 962-963.
- Kelly, Charles F. "Kofun Culture," Japanese Archaeology. April 27, 2009; retrieved 2011-10-19.
- Aston, William George. (1896). Nihongi, pp. 109.
- Aston, William. (2005). Nihongi, p. 112.
- Varley, p. 126.
- Brown, p. 263.
- Varley, p. 44; compare Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), Ceremony of Accession (Sokui-no-Rei); retrieved 2011-12-23.
- Martin, Peter. (1997). The Chrysanthemum Throne: a history of the Emperors of Japan, p. 36.
- Kamstra, Jacques H. (1967). Encounter or Syncretism : the Initial Growth of Japanese Buddhism, pp. 367-370.
- Aston (1998), pp. 146-147.
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