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plunderpuss
01-23-2014, 02:35 AM
So, my attempts to search for answers on vanquishing Japanese monsters have so far only yielded combinations of buttons to press while playing videogames. hahaha

I can find really detailed information on classes and sub-classes of yokai, and i found out how to ward your house and person (o-fuda or o-mamori), but fewer legends in which anyone "killed" the yokai.

The monster in my story is an obake/shapeshifter, but because the oral traditions through which most yokai lore have been passed have overlaps and gaps, i'm comfortable considering and possibly adapting vanquishing information from any known yokai.

Thanks in advance if you can help!

Cath
01-23-2014, 03:12 AM
Can you be a little more specific about exactly what you're asking for, please? I'm not sure I understand what information you need.

plunderpuss
01-23-2014, 04:05 AM
I'm looking for information on how to vanquish/kill/etc. spirits/demons in traditional Japanese folklore.

kaitie
01-23-2014, 05:26 AM
I'm not really sure I've heard much about how to defeat a Japanese monster. I've always heard the stories more the way we tell ghost stories (in the sense that we don't really talk much about how to vanquish ghosts).

That being said, there are a gazillion types of Japanese monsters. Most shapeshifters (as far as I'm aware) were tricksters, like the tanuki, not really something that would shapeshift in an evil sort of way. I have some books on Japanese monsters. If you have something specific in mind, I can see if they show up in the books.

You might be better off looking for a religious ritual than the monster legends. Maybe you can work not knowing how to get rid of it into the story? The characters are faced with a yokai of some sort, but don't know how to kill it as there are no records of anyone even attempting to kill one/get rid of one, so then they have to figure it out themselves? Actually could open up a lot more fun freedoms that way, too.

Btw, I can't help but think of the scene in Cabin in the Woods with the children singing "donguri koro koro." That was awesome.

NeuroGlide
01-23-2014, 05:34 AM
I'm looking for information on how to vanquish/kill/etc. spirits/demons in traditional Japanese folklore.

This might help:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Youkai

plunderpuss
01-23-2014, 07:36 AM
Thanks, everyone!

Snitchcat
01-23-2014, 10:10 AM
If you can, try to get this book: http://www.tofugu.com/2008/10/09/yokai-attack-japanese-monster-survival-guide/

This blog is quite the plough when it comes to information, but you might find something useful, particularly in this post: http://japanesemythology.wordpress.com/one-eyed-demons-and-ogres/

You might also want to watch several episodes of GeGeGe no Kitaro: http://experimentsinmanga.mangabookshelf.com/2013/09/kitaro/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeGeGe_no_Kitar%C5%8D The kid (Kitaro) spends his time fighting and defeating yokai.

This last link may also lead you to more information: http://factsanddetails.com/japan/cat16/sub183/item594.html#chapter-9

books2thesky
01-23-2014, 05:06 PM
The Obakemono Project website appears to have gone down in the past couple of months, but it's available via Wayback Machine. It's a partial dictionary of Japanese folkloric monsters, and stylishly illustrated to boot:
http://web.archive.org/web/20131005005859/http://www.obakemono.com/

A related site has an even larger list of monsters, with some translated primary sources:
http://obake.wikispaces.com/space/content?tag=obake

Going through these sites should net you at least a few stories where the demon is defeated/killed.

EMaree
01-23-2014, 05:21 PM
If you can, try to get this book: http://www.tofugu.com/2008/10/09/yokai-attack-japanese-monster-survival-guide/

I've got this book and recommend it -- the illustrations are great. The stories are a little simplified for the audience, but they're still great. I'm a little disappointed to see that Amazon UK and US seem unable to source it, hope it's not going out of print. The Book Depository still has it though. (http://www.bookdepository.com/Yokai-Attack-Hiroko-Yoda/9784805312193)

It includes how to fight off or kill each Yokai, which sounds extremely useful in your scenario.


This blog is quite the plough when it comes to information, but you might find something useful, particularly in this post: http://japanesemythology.wordpress.com/one-eyed-demons-and-ogres/

*bookmarks*


You might also want to watch several episodes of GeGeGe no Kitaro: http://experimentsinmanga.mangabookshelf.com/2013/09/kitaro/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeGeGe_no_Kitar%C5%8D The kid (Kitaro) spends his time fighting and defeating yokai.

I'll throw in a recommendation for Ghost Stories (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Stories_(anime)) too -- the Japanese version was a plain-ish anime with kids fighting common Yokai, but the English dub is fantastic. They took the boring script, ignored it, and ad-libbed a hilarious one full of pop culture and political references. But they didn't change the core plot so you still get the monster knowledge.


The Obakemono Project website appears to have gone down in the past couple of months, but it's available via Wayback Machine. It's a partial dictionary of Japanese folkloric monsters, and stylishly illustrated to boot:
http://web.archive.org/web/20131005005859/http://www.obakemono.com/

The Obakemono Project is down now? :( That site was fantastic. Thank goodness for the Wayback Machine.