About ten years ago, I went to the local theatre on Halloween to watch the premiere of “The Grudge”. Now I know not too many critics enjoyed this movie, but I found the horror film to be entertaining. Did you know that the show is actually based off Japanese folklore of the onryo or vengeful spirit? According to legends, when one dies enrage or in sorrow their ghost returns and is capable of interacting with the world of the living. The onryo can infect harm, cause curses and even kill people as it seeks to exact revenge. In Japan, there are tons of stories about vengeful spirits including the Teke-Teke.
September 21, 2014
Ghost stories are told to pretence a truth, offer a warning, give an explanation to life, teach a moral and even entertain. In Japan, there is a ghost stories for every occasion in life, even going to the bathroom. Yes, the bathroom has its share of ghouls, spirits demons and other monsters lurking around the toilet. In my next installment of Japanese ghostly tales, I would like to introduce the Aka Manto.
September 15, 2014
In investigating or researching any paranormal phenomenon, I believe in the importance of learning about any local legends and myths. Over the years, I have studied folklore, superstitions along with modern urban legends throughout the world. Some of the most twisted and disturbed ghostly tales I ever encountered originate from Japan. With Halloween around the corner, I would like to share a few of those Japanese stories in a three part series by beginning with the Kuckisake-Onna or the Slit-Mouthed Women.