chapter  VIII
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Phonetic Use of Kanji

Thus, Kanji were employed in two different purposes, vize the first, in the same manner as were used in China and the seeond for phonetie value only, entirely disregarding the meaning. In ancient Japanese literature as "Kojiki" (written early in 8th century) and in still older "Norito" or Shintoh rituals, Kanji are employed in these two different ways mingled together. The general text of Kojiki is written in elassieal Chinese, but the Norito is written in Japanese reading order.