When youre seeking a departure and or an awakening, read these 20 mythology books, from classic greek titles to japanese, russian, irish, and african stories. Explore captivating myths of japanese deities, yokai, heroes, and heroines. Within these pages youll find an evergrowing collection of yokai and legends from all parts of japan and all periods of japanese history. Woodblock print from the kaibutsu ehon illustrated book of monsters by nabeta gyokuei. Kashaa fiery yokaior phantomin this case a cat that steals or. What are the best books in english about japanese mythology. He is the god of thunder and lightning in japanese mythology.
Kappa are credited with having taught the art of bonesetting to humans. Our alphabetical list of japanese gods and goddesses names. Ototachibana, the wife of yamato takeru, threw herself into the sea to save her husbands ship and quell the wrath of the storm that threatened them. Kasha a catlike demon that descends from the sky and carries away corpses. Japanese yokai kami japanese japanese legends traditional japanese tattoos japanese monster japanese mythology mythological creatures science fiction art kiri illustrations are the perfect tool in communicating when words simply do not cut it. The nurikabe or is a yokai, or spirit, from japanese folklore. In japanese mythology, inari is the androgynous deity of rice. Japanese mythology japanese folklore greek mythology japanese urban legends scary creepy japan painting japanese illustration arte horror ayokaiaday. But it kind of depends on whether youre looking at it from its japanese meaning or its greek meaning. Elements from japanese folklore and japanese mythology are common in the. Jason borrego writes weird fiction books that combine fantasy, science fiction and horror. Japanese folklore often describes the kasha as humanoid catdemons with the head of a cat or tiger and a burning tail. Japanese folklore have their origins in two major religions of japan, buddhism and shinto. Mysterious creatures of japanese folklore first edition.
I love japanese folklore and cats so getting this book was a no brainer. Our holy database currently contains 225 japanese deity names and 94 unique articles. Do we sell kasha graphic novels, books, video or roleplaying games rpg. Japanese mythical creatures, mythological creatures, japanese mythology. More info on the kasha, a japanese yokai that appears. The kasha is a creature with origins in japanese mythology, legend and folklore. Readers of japanese mythology will learn the history of myths, as well as their deeper meaning. Godcheckers az names list of japanese gods and spirits. Aoi no uefictional female character from the tale of genji who is possessed by demons. The kappa is a creature with origins in japanese mythology, legend and folklore. From the ruler of the heavens amaterasu to ryujin, the dragonking of the sea, this book helps kids understand the myths that shape and direct peoples lives.
A captivating guide to japanese folklore, myths, fairy tales, yokai, heroes and heroines explore captivating myths of japanese deities, yokai, heroes and heroines the study of mythology and folklore is a peculiar one to the ext. This article is within the scope of the wikiproject japan, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of japanrelated articles on wikipedia. Bruning collection of japanese books and manuscripts, l. Kasha a fiery yokaior phantomin this case a cat that steals or devours corpses.
This may sound like a small thing to be the deity of, but in the past rice was used as a measure of wealth. Japan has been known to contain some of the most whimsical and even eerie tales of mythology, intriguing audiences on an international scale. They are based on the books of ancient maters and this is heavily regarded as the oldest surviving text that deals with myths of the land of the rising sun. An introductory guide to the mythology of japanone of the most pervasive yet least understood facets of japanese culture. They are depicted in legend and art as being the size of a 1. Stories and studies of strange things by lafcadio hearn, shadow of the fox by julie kagawa, tales of moonlig. These religious beliefs originated in india and came to japan to china and korea. Woodblock print from the kaibutsu ehon illustrated book of monsters by. He is also my favorite god in japanese mythology because lightning is my favorite element. Fear of such demonic cats has long existed in japan, and since ancient times. Kashaa fiery yokaior phantomin this case a cat that steals or devours corpses. Although the exploits of heroes are well known, japanese mythology also featured heroines. Delve into these tales of war, destruction, love, and rebirth, and superstition now. Their name sometimes causes confusion with other yokai.
Handbook of japanese mythology makes it easy to travel this vast yet littleknown mythological landscape. Theres an ancient japanese legend of the one hundred yokaimonsters, ghosts. Fantasy, magical realism, mythic fiction, historic fiction, or general fiction based in japanese mythology. Zack davisson really knows his stuff and writes about it in a way that. For official godchecker merch please visit our god shop where a wide range of items are available to buy. They have slimy, reptilian skin, usually green in color, and a fishy odor. Mysterious creatures of japanese folklore and millions of other books are available for instant access. You can still visit the mound, known as nuezuka, today. Japanese mythology gods, goddess, creatures and stories. Kappa, in japanese folklore, a type of vampirelike lecherous creature that is more intelligent than the devilish oni q. The study of mythology and folklore is a peculiar one to the extent that we are looking into things which are generally regarded as untrue yet critically important to a culture. Hi, on this channel we will talk about creatures from myths, legends, popular culture, horror films and video games.
Kasha tread along the wellknown plot of willem loses his job, lover and apartment in quick succession, so imagine his disappointment when the only thing. The best fantastical japanese mythology books anime impulse. Japanese folklore image by andrew kuszynski on samurai. It was written by the buddhist monk ilyeon in the th century during the goryeo dynasty. Spirits of japanese mythology in popular culture hippie wiki. Kasha, kasha is a catlike spirit entity which is found near crematoriums and tries to feed off human corpses. Kekkai posted on monday october 2015 i mentioned at the start of the month that i like to start out with a. Boots is a retelling of the old puss in boots fairytale, and, let me just say, it is one of the most adorable books ive ever read. They cry out for help from fishers, sailors, or anybody passing by. Shadow of the fox by julie kagawa, red winter by annette marie, flame in the mist by renee ahdieh, kinslayer by jay. Score a book s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. Sarugami japanese mythology, traditional japanese art. The japanese ghost, zach davisson is the ideal guide to this furred and fanged underworld.
The book reveals the origins of japans myths in the very different realms of buddhism, shinto, and folklore, and explores related mythologies of the ainu and okinawan cultures and recent myths arising from japans encounters with. An expertly researched and engagingly penned text is embellished by the inclusion of an intriguing selection of uncanny cat tales by other authors and centuries old legends newlytranslated. An expertly researched and engagingly penned text is embellished by the inclusion of an intriguing selection of uncanny cat tales by other authors and centuries old legends newlytranslated by mr. Traditional stories of monsters and magic book of japanese mythology, folk tales from japan by chronicle books and kotaro chiba apr 23, 2019. Every book ive seen on their mythology either has only one star on barnes and noble, or only 32 pages, which cant possibly teach me anything. The samguk yusa memorabilia of the three kingdoms is one of the best and oldest collection of myths and folktales in korea. When the prey approaches, a nure onna will plead with their victim to hold her baby for just a moment so that she can rest. The best fantastical japanese mythology books anime. The boat with the nues body eventually washed up on the shore near the village of ashiya, in hyogo prefecture. The kappa is typically depicted as roughly humanoid in form and about the size of a child. Japanese mythology dates back to more than two centuries and is an intricate system of beliefs that also incorporates the agriculturalbased folk religion as well as traditional buddhist and shinto beliefs. In order to ward off the kasha, japanese families make loud noises on bells, gongs and drums to maintain a vigil over the bodies of the departed ones. Kappa are humanoid yokai, about the size of a small child.
Kasha are a malevolent yokai from japanese folklore and mythology, belonging to the neko class of animal spirit like all neko the kasha are envisioned as a type of demonic feline but are distinguished from other neko by their ghoul like activitives. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the project, participate in relevant discussions, and see lists of open tasks. Japanese gods, too numerous to count, are known collectively as. The best fantastical japanese mythology books every culture has their individual myths and folklore that contain an array of whimsical beasts and heroes alike. Inari is therefore also associated with business and money, and many people ask them for blessings for these things. Kasha japanese folklore, japanese monster, japanese myth. A kappa has froglike feet and hands and a turtleshaped beak and shell.
The kaibutsu ehon or illustrated book of monsters features beautiful woodblock prints of each of the yokai and its special powers. Every culture has their individual myths and folklore that contain an array of whimsical beasts and heroes alike. The book reveals the origins of japans myths in the very different realms of buddhism, shinto, and folklore, and explores related mythologies of the ainu and. Weird monsters of japanese folklore dangerous minds. The name kasha is of greek origin and it means pure. Jump to navigation jump to search this article needs additional. Ive also been a longtime fan of japanese folklore, particularly the weird and wonderful yokai. In japanese folklore, heroes like momotaro rescue women from violent kami and oni. The good citizens of ashiya removed the nues body, built it a burial mound, and gave it a proper funeral. I really want to know more about japanese mythology, but i dont know where to look. To purchase such goodies we suggest you try amazon, ebay or other reputable online stores. Its name translates to plaster wall, and it is said to manifest as an invisible wall that impedes or misdirects travelers walking at night. They are similar to other demons such as nekomata and bakeneko and get often interchanged with them. Some of them have never appeared in english before, while others will be intimately familiar to fans of japanese folklore.
In japanese mythology there is a great deal of folk lore that is used. Nure onna magically disguise themselves as a distressed woman carrying a bundled up baby. A kappa is a yokai a class of supernatural monsters and spirits in japanese folklore found in japanese folklore. They are often accompanied by hellish flames or lightning. The concise list can be found on our pantheon page of japanese gods and spirits this list is frequently updated we are constantly discovering more.1183 1451 936 285 1044 1493 1242 1055 1430 478 922 185 1389 159 520 13 462 1378 941 891 1130 1071 165 398 185 47 154 104 202 895 977 1021 113 1424 516 479