Elinor Lindeman, translations from Kankyo no tomo 閑居友 (Companion in Solitude, 1222 CE) by Priest Keisei 慶政 (1189-1268 CE).

Elinor has just graduated from the Master’s in International and Regional Studies program with a specialization Japanese Studies. Her research interests are in early medieval Japanese religions and women’s history. Her thesis, of which this translation is a part, is titled “Demonesses and Devotees: The Women of Kankyo no tomo,” and analyzes the text with the perspective of the elite female patroness who commissioned the work in mind. In Autumn 2021, Elinor will be starting a PhD in Religions at the University of Southern California.

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