The Status of Descendants of the Baekje Kingdom during Emperor Kanmu’s Reign

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Abstract

This article examines the status of kinship groups claiming to be of Baekje descent during the reign of the Japanese Emperor Kanmu (b.737). Being a maternal descendant of the Baekje royal house himself, Kanmu extended some unprecedented favors to various immigrant clans. However, the bestowed rewards and privileges varied greatly depending on the individual family. In an attempt to find an explanation for this difference in treatment, the role of the immigrant clans, or members thereof, is first discussed in terms of Kanmu's philosophical beliefs, his bureaucracy, and his Hinder Palace. Then, the difference in status between the immigrant kinship groups is analyzed, and a possible explanation for the difference in treatment is suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136–59
JournalKorea Journal
Volume47
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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