Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1946/11628
The main focus of this essay is on 4 contemporary legends which all have the same subject; Vengeful ghosts in Japanese contemporary legends. The author’s interest in this particular subject was awoken while studying in Fukuoka Japan, where these legends seemed to be a popular interest amongst the public, or at least they thought it to be a good idea to share these legends with a foreigner.
In this essay a general introduction is given to the term contemporary legends is explained with the help of Dr. Jan Harold Brunvand who is a known folklorist and has written a number of books on the subject. Then the vengeful Japanese ghosts are introduced into the essay, their appearance and behavior, followed by the four legends chosen, Toire no Hanako-san, Aka Manto, Teke-Teke or Kashima Reiko and Kuchisake- Onna. Samples of western stories are also mentioned as to show that there are similar stories from other places of the world.
As well as written research an online survey was conducted and shared with native Japanese where they were asked if they knew and believed in the four legends cited in this essay. Stories and believes of co-students and others in Japan were also taken into consideration.
The authors believe is that the contemporary legends will continue to be recognized maybe not through oral exchange but more through the media, such as the Internet, movies and books.
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