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By Noriko Reider

In eastern tradition, oni are ubiquitous supernatural creatures who play very important roles in literature, lore, and people trust. traditionally ambiguous, they've been nice and small, mischievous and unsafe, and unpleasant and gorgeous over their lengthy heritage. right here, writer Noriko Reider provides seven oni tales from medieval Japan in complete and translated for an English-speaking audience.


Reider, concordant with many students of eastern cultural studies, argues that to study oni is to review humanity. those stories are from an period during which many new oni tales seemed for the aim of either leisure and moral/religious edification and for which oni were fairly very important, as they have been looked as if it would be dwelling entities. They mirror not just the worldview of medieval Japan but in addition subject matters that tell twenty-first-century jap pop and vernacular tradition, together with literature, manga, movie, and anime. With each one translation, Reider comprises an introductory essay exploring the historic and cultural value of the characters and oni manifestations inside of this period.


Offering new insights into and interpretations of not just the tales therein but additionally the total style of jap ghost tales, Seven Demon Stories is a worthwhile significant other to Reider’s 2010 quantity Japanese Demon Lore. it will likely be of vital worth to folklore students in addition to scholars of eastern culture.

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