chapter  4
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Shachû and women’s tea ceremony networks

Both the development of temae as body-mind discipline and the accumulation of myths have been integral parts of the tea ceremony since its birth. In addition, temae, at one time detached from myths of glorious ancestors and imposed specifically on women as sahô, became exalted to ‘art’ and conflated with every domain of ‘traditional’ ‘Japanese’ culture through the post-war sôgô-bunka discourse.