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Japanese Demon Lore: Oni from Ancient Times to the Present
Oni, ubiquitous supernatural figures in Japanese literature, lore, art, and religion, usually appear as demons or ogres. Characteristically threatening, monstrous creatures with ugly features and fearful habits, including cannibalism, they also can be harbingers of prosperity, beautiful and sexual, and especially in modern contexts, even cute and lovable. There has been mu ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 30th 2010 by Utah State University Press
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More academic in tone than I usually like, and contains a surprisingly large number of copyediting errors, but the content is fascinating, and the bibliography has TONS of other good resources on oni, youkai, demons, and the whole concept of "other" in Japanese culture, both historically and in modern times. Absolutely a must-read for those interested in Japan, culture, folklore/fairy tales, history, and literature.