A Gathering of Spirits: Japan's Ghost Story Tradition

A Gathering of Spirits: Japan's Ghost Story Tradition

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qPrepare for a sampling of Japanese ghosts and spirits, from sources that include the worlda€™s oldest novel, the urban legends of contemporary Japanese schoolchildren, movies both classic and modern, anime, manga, and more.q For hundreds of years Japan has lived in a reality consisting of the real world and the spirit world; sometimes the wall between the two worlds gets thin enough for spirits to cross over. In such a reality, ghost stories have been popular for centuries. Patrick Drazen, author of qAnime Explosionq, looks at these stories: old and new, scary or funny or sad, looking at common themes and the reasons for their popularity. This book uses one Japanese ghost story tradition: the qhyaku monogatariq (hundred stories). In the old tradition, people tell each other one hundred ghost stories in one sitting. These hundred tales run from folklore to cartoons, but all are designed to send chills up the spine ...She too was a victim of war (the InuYasha series allowed Rumiko Takahashi, for truly the first time in her career, to deliver a clear antiwar message). The real villain here, and even this is not necessarily evil, was a lion-like ice demon whoanbsp;...

Title:A Gathering of Spirits: Japan's Ghost Story Tradition
Author:Patrick Drazen
Publisher:iUniverse - 2011-07-01


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