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Ghosts and the Japanese: cultural experience in Japanese death legends




Iwasaka, Michiko, author
Toelken, Barre, author
Utah State University Press, publisher

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The Japanese have ambivalent attitudes toward death, deeply rooted in pre-Buddhist traditions. In this scholarly but accessible work, authors Iwasaka and Toelken show that everyday beliefs and customs--particularly death traditions--offer special insight into the living culture of Japan.


Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Access is limited to the Adams State University, Colorado State University, Colorado State University Pueblo, Community College of Denver, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State University Denver, Regis University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver, University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado, University of Wyoming, Utah State University and Western Colorado University communities only.


Folklore -- Japan
Death -- Japan -- Folklore
Death -- Social aspects -- Japan
Legends -- Japan -- History and criticism
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Japan
Japan -- Social life and customs


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