This week we talk oni, the demons of Japanese folklore and legend. What makes oni different from Western style demons? What are some of the most famous oni stories? And how has the image of the oni changed over time?
Reider, Noriko. Japanese Demon Lore
Addis, Stephen. Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Art of the Supernatural
Reider, Noriko. Tales of the Supernatural in Early Modern Japan
Images and Media
This is a scene from Komochi Yamauba, the kabuki play by Chikamatsu Monzaemon