kabane

(Japanese: `family name`), hereditary title that denoted the duty and social rank of an individual within the Japanese sociopolitical structure from ... [1 related articles]
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Kabane

The kabane were divided into two general classes: those who claimed they were descendants of the imperial line (皇別), and those who claimed they were descendants of the gods (神別). There is no historical evidence for such distinctions. At first the kabane were administered by individual clans, but eventually they came to be controlled by the...
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