The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore

The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore


Monsters, ghosts, fabulous beings, and supernatural phenomena of every type hang-out the folklore and pop culture of Japan. greatly categorized yokai, those creatures are available limitless sizes and styles, from tengu mountain goblins and kappa water spirits to shape-shifting foxes and long-tongued ceiling-lickers. at present renowned in anime, manga, movie, and machine video games, many yokai originated in neighborhood legends, folktales, and local ghost stories.

Drawing on years of analysis in Japan, Michael Dylan Foster unpacks the heritage and cultural context of yokai, tracing their roots, examining their meanings, and introducing those that have hunted them throughout the a while. during this pleasant and obtainable narrative, readers will discover the jobs performed via those mysterious beings inside eastern tradition and also will study in their abundance and diversity via special entries, a few with unique illustrations, on greater than fifty person creatures. The booklet of Yokai offers a full of life day trip into eastern folklore and its ever-expanding impact on international pop culture. It additionally invitations readers to check how humans create, transmit, and gather folklore, and the way they make experience of the mysteries on this planet round them. through exploring yokai as an idea, we will larger comprehend broader methods of culture, innovation, storytelling, and person and communal creativity.

 

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