Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things [Lafcadio Hearn] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A miscellany of ghost stories, odd tales. Deriving its title from the word for “ghost story” in Japanese Kwaidan is a book by scholar and translator Lafcadio Hearn in which are compiled an array of ghost. Known primarily as an early interpreter of Japanese culture and customs, the famous writer Lafcadio Hearn also wrote ghost stories—”delicate.

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Ranging from out-and-out creepy ghost kdaidan to monks roaming the countryside where various monsters, demons and other creatures seem to abide, there is never a bad note struck throughout the entire collection.

In addition, he wrote much reports of Japan and published in America. In the “Kwaidan” section I was reminded of other folklorists who’ve done the same kind of ‘archiving’ for other communities.

The essence of every story, however, becomes apparent, for as H. Written by Lafcadio Hearn, Japanese by choice and avocation, in times when eyes of the Japanese people were hrarn mainly to the West and the inhabitants of the land of the rising sun seemed to feel only contempt to own folk cultural heritage. So I did my research.

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In his wonderfully informative and lengthy introduction Paul Murray states that “Kwaidan” translates as “Old Japanese ghost stories” p. I want to thank Brian Showers for providing such an great piece of artful book making.

Taken from old Japanese books, heaen stories seem to be human being-friendly, that is, the godlike spirits are not ordinary horrible monsters.


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This supports the Maven widget and search functionality. The merit of so offerieng the pebble becomes equal, or almost equal, to the merit of erecting a temple…” The book continues with delightful examples of poetry and lines, the sentiment of Japanese oral storytelling is given credit. His singing so moves his supernatural audience that he is commanded daily to perform.

A miscellany of ghost stories, odd tales, and curious observations by a master storyteller who penetrated Japan more deeply than any other Westerner. View all 18 comments. Echo Library November 1, Language: The stories are generally well presented, though the convention of many is to have an opening paragraph that locates the setting to particular towns and provinces, which will be of no value to anyone lacking familiarity with the geography of Japan.

An insect which deserves all respect, amazement, reverence…because of the Buddhist belief: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. His works was read by so many people as an introduction of Japan.

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Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps as most of these works heanr been housed in our most impor This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. A beautiful woman — the personification of winter at its cruelest — ruthlessly kills unsuspecting mortals. Kwaidan is a collction of 20 lafcaido, strange tales, taken from old Japanese books – a ghostly woman dressed in white appears before a young woodcutter and makes him promise never to tell, a mysterious face kwaican up in a cup of tea, a girl with no features h I recently joined the group “Friends of Lafcadio Hearn” here on GR’s without knowing who he was.


I didn’t know Japenesse Literature could be so interesting. They are just at the end so as this is not a physical book as they impractical to review I just read the tales without them until I got to the very end.

Excellent collection of old Japanese Stories of the supernatural! View all 10 comments. I adore spooky stories and these are really captivating. The Universe According to G. Some of the jearn are perhaps stranger and mysterious to the western reader than gruesome in content, as in the short sketch Jikininki – Man-eating Goblin: Lafcadio Hearn captures the folk spirit and quaint “exoticism” of a land thought at the time to be both mysterious and sinister.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In Japanese folklore, there is the belief that a disquieted spirit, one who has died still troubled by a deep resentment or anger toward those it considered immoral kwaidzn malevolent such as enemies or murdererswill not let go of its attachment to the physical world, in a sense not having been extinguished or quelled by death; having taken such hostile feelings to the grave, will be unable to rest in peace, and therefore will re-emerge by supernatural means fueled with vengefulness.

Get to Know Us. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Most of the stories tell of ghostly apparitions or reincarnations, of supernatural beings who have taken human form.

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