This week, we take a look at the bizarre history of a single text — Senkyou Ibun, or Strange Tidings from Another World — and the two people responsible for creating it: the famous scholar Hirata Atsutane, and a boy named Torakichi who claimed to have lived in Japan’s spirit world.
The majority of this episode is based on sources from:
Hansen, Wilburn N. When Tengu Talk: Hirata Atsutane’s Ethnography of the Other World.
and Hansen’s other work on the subject:
Hansen, Wilburn N. “The Medium is the Message: Hirata Atsutane’s Ethnography of the World Beyond.” History of Religions 46, No. 4 (May 2006), 337-372