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Ghosts and the Japanese: cultural experience in Japanese death legends

dc.contributor.authorIwasaka, Michiko, author
dc.contributor.authorToelken, Barre, author
dc.contributor.authorUtah State University Press, publisher
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references and index.
dc.description.abstractThe 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.
dc.description.tableofcontentsForeword / David Hufford -- Part I: An introduction to the left stairway -- Part II: Death customs in contemporary Japan -- Suggested reading and related resources -- Part III: Japanese death legends and vernacular culture -- Mothers and children -- Revenge and anger -- Omens -- Ghosts at sea -- Passions -- Epilogue -- Sources and notes -- Suggested reading.
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dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
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dc.subject.lcshFolklore -- Japan
dc.subject.lcshDeath -- Japan -- Folklore
dc.subject.lcshDeath -- Social aspects -- Japan
dc.subject.lcshLegends -- Japan -- History and criticism
dc.subject.lcshFuneral rites and ceremonies -- Japan
dc.subject.lcshJapan -- Social life and customs
dc.titleGhosts and the Japanese: cultural experience in Japanese death legends


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