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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.
|Pt. I||An Introduction to the Left Stairway||1|
|Pt. II||Death Customs in Contemporary Japan||13|
|Pt. III||Japanese Death Legends and Vernacular Culture||43|
|Mothers and Children||60|
|Revenge and Anger||79|
|Ghosts at Sea||103|