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Japan Studies: Japanese Folklore : Beliefs / Religious Rites

The Supernatural


Anderson, Richard W. 1995. “Vengeful Ancestors and Animal Spirits: Personal Narratives of the Supernatural in a Japanese New Religion.” Western Folklore 54.2: 113-140.

Hori, Ichiro. 1959. “Japanese Folk-Beliefs.” American Anthropologist 61.3: 405–24.

Knight, Catherine. 2008. “The Moon Bear as a Symbol of Yama: Its Significance in the Folklore of Upland Hunting in Japan.” Asian Ethnology 67.1: 79–101.

Norbeck, Edward. 1955. “Yakudoshi, a Japanese Complex of Supernaturalistic Beliefs,” Southwestern Journal of Anthropology 11.2: 105-120.

Yoshimura, Ayako. 2005. “Kanashibari—Japanese “Old Hag”: The Case Study of Self-Analysis on Personal Experiences with the Supernatural.” Culture & Tradition 27: 76–93.

McFarland, H. Neill. 1986. Feminine Motifs in Bodhidharma Symbology in Japan. Asian Folklore Studies 45.2: 167–91.

Punsmann, Henry. 1962. Daruma, a Symbol of Luck. Folklore Studies 21: 241–44.

Zeng, Kangmin. 1996. Prayer, Luck, and Spiritual Strength: The Desecularization of Entrance Examination Systems in East Asia. Comparative Education Review 40.3:264–79.

Religious Traditions

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