Talk:Empress Suiko

From New World Encyclopedia
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"God is looking for the ideal woman who has the qualifications and potential to become a true wife and true mother, and eventually the true queen or empress of the universe. Every woman is a candidate for this position..." (Rev. Sun Myung Moon, God's Will and the World: God's Preparation for Our Church, and Its Early Days, May 1, 1977).

"When a woman becomes the empress, she must be able to love whatever the emperor loves. The same is true between husband and wife." (Rev. Sun Myung Moon, True way of life, July 1, 1984)

"We can see examples in Buddhism which teaches its followers to give up everything and retreat from the whole world. When one withdraws from the world and separates himself completely from the world of evil, God will send him back to the world of evil to overcome it. After one separates himself from the world of evil, God can recognize him as one who will fight as God’s representative against evil." (Rev. Sun Myung Moon, I Must Be The Victor For God, Standing On The Borderline Of Good And Evil, March 1, 1965)

"...Looking at Buddhism, it too is a religion that focuses its efforts on attaining the mind. "He who brings his mind to light is the master of all laws." This is the summary of Buddhist doctrine in its totality." (Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Jesus Who Came with the Destiny of Restoration, August 3, 1958)

In the history of mankind most of the time power has been in the hands of men. When women rise to the position of power, they have often been in the shade of men, who exercised the real authority. However, occasionally, they have attained an official position of ruler.

Women have held many key roles in Japanese political history. In Japan's mythological history, several women ruled Japan. The god of the ancestry of the Imperial Household of Japan is considered to be Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun. In ancient history, the ruler of the leading state, Yamataikoku, which was known to be the first head of about thirty counties around the second and third centuries, was a shamanic women, Himiko. Suiko was generally considered to be the first women Tenno (“Heavenly Emperor”) of Japan. There were ten women Tenno out of 125, and eight out of the ten resided during the seventh and eighth centuries. Suiko was also the first women emperor in the history of the East. She resided from 592 to 628, earlier than Wo Zeitan (enthronement in 690), the first and only women emperor in Chinese history, and Queen Seondeok (enthronement in 632) of Silla, the first Korean empress.

Suiko, together with Soga Iruka and Shotoku Taishi (also known as Prince Shotoku), was able to make a significant contribution to her country in various aspects, from international affairs to political, religious, and cultural reformation. Her openness to Chinese and Korean traditions is also consistent with the Unification vision of a future world culture that combines the best of all the great cultural spheres. She imbued her government with moral virtue, promoting harmony and good manners based upon Buddhist ideals. Buddhist culture flourished under her reign. Although Suiko, Soga Iruka, and Shotoku Taishi strongly promoted Buddhism, they did not attempt to eradicate other religious traditions such as Shintoism. They adopted traditional shintoist rituals and tried to create a unique Japanese tradition by integrating the best of various traditions. When they adopted China's legal and bureaucratic system, they also eliminated eunuchism, a long standing tradition of the Chinese political system that existed since antiquity and lasted in China until the early twentieth century.
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