Thus did the sons of the Heike vanish forever from the face of the earth.
November 16, 2008 8:29 AM Subscribe
The Tale of the Heike (Heike Monogatari) is a medieval Japanese account of the rise and fall of the Taira clan and has inspired many other works of art. Click on the chapters and scroll down to see Heike illustrations
(or start here
), see more art
inspired by the Heike. Would you rather read?
You can read two chapters
of Helen Craig McCullough's translation or read a Michael Watson translation of the nô (Noh) play Kogô
), inspired by the tale. (.doc file, link doesn't point directly to it.)
The story was performed by biwa hôshi
, "lute monks", and its most popular version was compiled by the blind* monk Kakuichi in 1371. The events recounted occur during the Genpei War
). The Genpei War took place in the 12th century between the Taira and Minamoto clans and was the end of the Heian era depicted in the famous Japanese text, The Tale of Genji.
Heike means "House of Taira" and Genji "Minamoto clan".
John Wallace (first link) isn't one for web design, but seems to have a penchant for collecting.
*cf. Homer, Milton, Joyce, Borges.