Ghosts and the Japanese
Ghosts and the Japanese
Michiko Iwasaka & Barre Toelken
138 pages

Published: 1994

ISBN 978-0-87421-179-5
paper $26.95s

ISBN 978-0-87421-379-9
e-book $20.95

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Ghosts and the Japanese

Cultural Experience in Japanese Death Legends

Michiko Iwasaka & Barre Toelken

Also by Barre Toelken - Native American Oral Traditions: Collaboration and Interpretation, The Dynamics of Folklore, and The Anguish of Snails: Native American Folklore in the West.

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.