#atozchallenge: Y is for Yokai


by Lillian Csernica on April 28, 2018

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The yokai of Japan are many and varied. They go from humorous to horrifying. Some arise from the animistic principle in Shinto. Others are born from the angry, vengeful passions of the human heart.

These are a few of the more unusual yokai.

 

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Dodomeki, the spirit of the pickpocket or thief.

 

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Oni-no-Nenbutsu, the Demon who chants Buddhist prayers

 

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From Ancient Origins:

The baku, otherwise known as the ‘dream eater’, is a mythological being or spirit in Chinese and Japanese folklore which is said to devour nightmares. The baku cannot be summoned without caution, however, as ancient legends say that if the baku is not satisfied after consuming the nightmare, he may also devour one’s hopes and dreams.

 

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This is the Kawataguruma, a tormented naked woman riding on the wheel of an ox cart that’s ablaze. If this reminds you of the wanyudo, you’re right. Apparently the Wheel Monk has a female counterpart who rolls around collecting impure souls and putting curses on people.

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7 responses to “#atozchallenge: Y is for Yokai

  1. Well, THOSe have certainly not been overused in any brand of spec fic!

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  2. I’ve always though Japan has some of the most territying demons and supernatural being out there.

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    • If you ever get the chance, see the movie “Running on Karma.” It was made by folks from Hong Kong, but even so, it gives you a glimpse into how the spiritual world works from the Buddhist point of view.

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