Folk Legends from Tono: Japan's Spirits, Deities, and Phantastic Creatures

Folk Legends from Tono: Japan's Spirits, Deities, and Phantastic Creatures

Ronald A. Morse


Boldly illustrated and beautifully translated, Folk Legends from Tono captures the spirit of eastern peasant tradition present process fast transformation into the fashionable period. this is often the 1st time those 299 stories were released in English. Morse’s insightful interpretation of the stories, his wealthy cultural annotations, and the evocative unique illustrations make this booklet unforgettable.

In 2008, a significant other quantity of 118 stories was once released via Rowman & Littlefield because the The Legends of Tono. Taken jointly, those books have an analogous content material (417 stories) because the jap language publication Tono monogatari.

Reminiscent of eastern woodblocks, the ink illustrations commissioned for the Folk Legends from Tono, reflect the imagery that eastern villagers expected as they listened to a storyteller recite the tales.The tales catch the intense reviews of genuine humans in a unique folks group. The stories learn like fiction yet contact the middle of human emotion and social psychology. therefore, the reader is taken on a mystical travel in the course of the psychic panorama of the japanese “spirit international” that was once part of its oral folks culture for centuries.

All of this can be made attainable via the translator’s insightful interpretation of the stories, his delicate cultural annotations, and the visible appeal of the book’s illustrations. the solid of characters is wealthy and sundry, as we stumble upon yokai monsters, shape-shifting foxes, witches, grave robbers, ghosts, heavenly princesses, roaming monks, shamans, quasi-human mountain spirits, murderers, and masses extra.

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