Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Art of the Supernatural

Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Art of the Supernatural

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ISBN-13: 9780807611265
Publisher: Braziller, George Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2001
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.26(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.70(d)

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Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Art of the Supernatural 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, divided into several chapters dealing with specific subjects as present in traditional Japanese art forms, is one of the few books on Japanese folklore in print in the English language and of those few, it is one of the even fewer that not only deal with the ghosts and monsters of that folklore, but does so accurately and is well researched. For the serious enthusiast who wants more on the subject, two currently out of print titles are reccomended, as well as one in print: Kunio Yanagita's 'Japanese Folk Tales', translated by folklorist Fanny Hagin Mayer, and Keigo Seki's 'Folktales of Japan', both collections of folklore and legends. In print, please see Michiko Iwasaka and Barre Toelken's 'Ghosts and the Japanese'.
tsukumogami on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Japan has perhaps the most lively and richly developed tradition of supernatural lore of any civilization. It is comprised of some of the most relentlessly fearsome goblins, demons, metamorphosed animals, and ghosts ever known to man. Japanese poets, actors, dancers and artists have all delighted in portraying these monsters, often with a playfulness and humor that mitigates the demons' more ferocious qualities, but also with a bold, dramatic fervor designed to impress upon their audiences the lessons of folklore. For, like our own mythological and fairy-tale characters, Japan's supernatural inhabitants suggest much about the morals of the Japanese people and of their efforts to understand the mysteries of the world. This is the first book devoted to the study of the supernatural world and its representation in Japanese art. From the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries many of Japan's most brilliant artists, including Hiroshige, Hokusai, Yoshitoshi, and Zeshin, allowed their imaginations free rein in presenting these mysteries in a variety of media, including paintings, woodblock prints, screens, netsuke, and inro sculptures, and fans. The forty-nine color plates and seventy-five black and white illustrations presented here show a stunning array of Japan's most fiendish figures. Each of the ten chapters focuses on an important theme in Japanese lore, discusssing its anthropological meaning and literary and artistic interpretations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago