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  • #16
    Originally posted by David19 View Post
    This is a cool list, and i'll definantly read it later (i've only read a bit so far ), it sounds really cool that you've got like a database of different supernatural beings from different cultures, if you wanted to put up others, please feel free as i think me and a lot of others would love them .

    Anyway, thanks for posting this .
    Thankyou .

    Well it always interests me becasue I mean Gods are ofcourse a major thing (and Im also currently trying to get a datatbase on Gods as well)...but mythological creatures are so cliched....people only think of the Unicorn, the Kraken, the Faeries, the Gnomes, and Trolls...etc. The more well known ones....but my interest is what of thsoe other beings...and in my understanding of them (even if they have a lesser part in mythology) I actually gain a better understanding of the gods Im studying as well and the religion as a whole.

    असतोमा सद्गमय। तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमया।
    मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय॥
    ॐ Om Asatoma Sadgamaya, Tamasoma Jyoti Gamaya, Mrityoma Amritam Gamaya ॐ


    • #17
      One of my favorite 'gothic' ukiyo-e artists, Yoshitoshi, has many images of demons and ghosts from folkloric mythology, the myths in kabuki and other common folkloric's a site that allows free use of his images...remember, these were supposed to be 'gruesome' or amazing as some of our memories of horror movie posters or 'old paperback novels'. Please do not take these seriously, but see them as fantastic imaginary mindscapes of the time...and Yoshitoshi had a rather eventful life and struggle and poverty might have contributed to his mad fascinations...

      You may find these of interest in terms of period 'gothic horror' art to go with the descriptions

      Best wishes,

      steadfast Nature, secretwise—
      Thou seedling child of that old stem—
      Kindled anew thy dark-bright eyes.
      - Alice Meynell, 1923



      • #18
        This is really great! I love Japanese mythology and folklore, thanks so much for sharing this :D

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        • #19

          This is wonderful, thank you very much! I'm bookmarking this thread for future reference as I am endless fascinated by this material, and can find much use for it in my own practices. I am very grateful.


          • #20
            Galadraal I have some links that show art of Kitsune, Tanuki, and Tengu if you'd like them.

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            • #21
              oo, good list, thankyou .

              theres another site too:


              असतोमा सद्गमय। तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमया।
              मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय॥
              ॐ Om Asatoma Sadgamaya, Tamasoma Jyoti Gamaya, Mrityoma Amritam Gamaya ॐ


              • #22
                TobySimpson, what a fabulous post! I especially enjoyed the fascinating section on tengu. I noticed you mentioned Mt. Takao, what is the tengu association here? Also, you mentioned In addition, many areas of Japan claim to be haunted by other named tengu, often worshipped in shrines. Can you list some of these, or perhaps respond in a PM?


                • #23
                  What an interesting topic. :uhhuhuh: I love anime and have heard of the Kitsune. I'm also fascinated by ghosts in general so I found the different Japanese ghosts and spirits very interesting. Thank you for posting all of that.

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