Early Japan until 710 Emperors and Empresses part2

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There are two Japanese words equivalent to the English word Emperor: tennō (天皇, lit. heavenly sovereign), which is used exclusively to refer to an Emperor of Japan, and kōtei (皇帝, the title used for all other foreign Emperors), which is used primarily to describe non-Japanese Emperors. Sumeramikoto (lit. the Imperial person) was also used in Old Japanese. The term tennō was used by the Emperors up until the Middle Ages.
Originally, the ruler of Japan was known as either 大和大王/大君 (Yamato-ōkimi, Grand King of Yamato), 倭王/倭国王 (Wa-ō/Wakoku-ōKing of Wa, used externally), or 治天下大王 (ame-no-shita shiroshimesu ōkimi or sumera no mikoto, Grand King who rules all under heaven, used internally) in Japanese and Chinese sources prior to the 7th century.

2)Emperor Suizei (綏靖天皇 Suizei-tennō?), sometimes romanized as Suisei and known as Kamu-nuna-kaha-mimi no mikoto; was the second Emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.
  
    Modern scholars have come to question the existence of at least the first nine emperors; Suizei s descendant, Emperor Sujin is the first that many agree might have actually existed. The name Suizei-tennō was assigned to him posthumously by later generations.

Suizei is regarded by historians as a legendary emperor and there is a paucity of information about him. There is insufficient material available for further verification and study. The reign of Emperor Kimmei (509?–571 AD), the 29th emperor, is the first for which contemporary historiography is able to assign verifiable dates; however, the conventionally accepted names and dates of the early emperors were not to be confirmed as traditional until the reign of Emperor Kammu (737–806), the 50th sovereign of the Yamato dynasty.

The Kojiki does, however, record his ascent to the throne. According to its account Suizei was the younger son of Jimmu s chief wife, Isukeyorihime. His older brother, Kamuyawimimi was originally crown-prince. On Jimmu s death Tagishimimi, a son of Jimmu by a lesser wife, Ahiratsuhime, attempted to seize the throne. Suizei encouraged Kamuyawimimi to slay Tagishimimi, but since he was overcome by fright at the prospect, Suizei accomplished the deed. On this, Kamuyawimimi ceded his rights and declared that Suizei, being braver, should be emperor. The story may simply reflect an attempt to explain the ancient practice of ultimogeniture, whereby the last-born exercised superior rights of inheritance, a practice later replaced by primogeniture.

Jien records that Suizei was one of the sons of Emperor Jimmu, and that he ruled from the palace of Takaoka-no-miya at Katsuragi in what would come to be known as Yamato province.

This emperor s posthumous name literally means joyfully healthy peace. It is undisputed that this identification is Chinese in form and Buddhist in implication, which suggests that the name must have been regularized centuries after the lifetime ascribed to Suizei, possibly during the time in which legends about the origins of the Yamato dynasty were compiled as the chronicles known today as the Kojiki.

The actual site of his grave is not known. This emperor is traditionally venerated at a memorial Shinto shrine (misasagi) in Nara.
The Imperial Household Agency designates this location as his mausoleum. It is formally named Tsukida no oka no e no misasagi.
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Thank you for reading.
With respect: Shiro
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