ORIGINAL DRAFTS OF SAEKI`S WORK ON KEIKYO IN JAPAN

Taisho Era. Professor Saeki attempted to identify the Middle Eastern Keikyo tribes that might have been part of the ancient migrations of peoples into Japan along the Silk Roads from the Middle East, Central Asia, Mongolia, Korea and China. He used ancient Japanese histories, the Shin Sho Ji Roku (records of newly immigrant families), the Nihon Shoki and Kojiki (Ancient Japanese histories), and historical records of Mongolian migrations to Japan during the Kamakura Era.

Saeki was one of the first scholars in Japan to propose the theory of possible settlements of primitive Keikyo tribes in the Yamato Valley in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. He also developed many original theories about the possible influence of Middle Eastern Keikyo immigrants in Japan during the time of the building of the kofuns (great tombs), as well as Keikyo`s continued contributions to Japan, and China, in the area of religious ritual, medicine, trade, law, architecture, and astronomy. Over fifty books were published on Saeki`s research during his lifetime.


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