Here is one sentence that I found interesting (page 228)
On the night of the twenty-ninth of the sixth month, they met in the
garden of the Dajōkan,
drank salt water and swore an oath,
Does the salt water have a special function? Purification?
Is it mentioned in other passages too ?
Gabi from Okayama
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I will also keep my eyes open on the salt connections.
> This ritual is mentioned only in the edict translated in the article
> (757.7.12), and in Azumahito's confession in the Shoku Nihongi entry for 7.4
> to which it refers. I haven't found it elsewhere in Shoku Nihongi. When I
> first came across it I immediately thought of the questions you ask -- it
> sounded like a sumo ritual -- but I haven't found anything since.
> But the questions of the economic and ritual functions of salt in ancient
> Japan are intriguing. When I googled "salt" on your blog I noticed you have
> quite a lot of answers already. I was particularly interested in the entry
> on Shiogama Shrine, with its "Shiotsuchi no oji no kami" and the story of
> the Chinese emperor with 3000 concubines.
> Ross Bender