Nanke (Fujiwara)

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Fujiwara Nanke
藤原南家
Parent house Fujiwara clan
Titles Various
Founder Fujiwara no Muchimaro
Founding year 8th century


The Nanke (藤原南家 Fujiwara Nanke?) was a cadet branch of the Fujiwara clan. It was founded by Fujiwara no Muchimaro[1] Muchimaro had three brothers: Fusasaki, and Maro and Umakai. These four brothers are known for having established the "four houses" of the Fujiwara.[2] The Nanke is sometimes identified as the "southern house".

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  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric et al. (2005). "Fujiwara no Muchimaro" at Japan Encyclopedia, p. 207, p. 207, at Google Books.
  2. ^ Brinkley, p. 203., p. 203, at Google Books; excerpt, "Muchimaro's home, being in the south (nan) of the capital, was called Nan-ke; Fusazaki's, being in the north (hoku), was termed Hoku-ke; Umakai's was spoken of as Shiki-ke, since he presided over the Department of Ceremonies (shiki), and Maro's went by the name of Kyō-ke, this term also having reference to his office."

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