Japanese mythology
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Legendary and Mythological Japanese Swords
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Japanese history and mythology are full of amazing weapons. Spears and bows were favored by many mysterious Shinto and Buddhist deities as well as many ...

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Obake and Bakemono – Japanese Ghosts, Shapeshifters, or Something Else Entirely?
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Trying to sift through the different spirits, ghosts, and supernatural creatures in Japanese mythology can seem daunting at first, especially if you’re new ...

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10 Types of Japanese Mythology Creatures
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Traditional Japanese mythology and Shintoism in particular, are home to many unique creatures, spirits, demons, and other supernatural beings. Kami (gods) ...

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Oni – Japanese Demon-Faced Yokai
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The oni are often viewed as Japanese demons or evil spirits, or even goblins, trolls, or ogres. These beings are depicted with blue, red, or green face ...

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What Are The Japanese Yokai Spirits?
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Together with kami (gods), yokai is one of the words most often used when talking about Japanese Shinto mythology. The yokai are spirits or ghosts and a ...

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Fudo Myoo –Japanese Buddhist God of Wrath and Immovable Faith
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Buddhism is usually viewed by Westerners as a pantheistic religion or a religion with no personal gods. However, that’s not the case with Japanese Esoteric ...

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Jorōgumo- Shapeshifting Spider
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In Japanese mythology,a Jorōgumo is a ghost, goblin, or spider, that can transform and shapeshift into a beautiful woman. In Japanese Kanji, the word ...

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Komainu – A Japanese Symbol of Protection
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The Komainu are a pair of Japanese statues carved in the shape of a dog or lion, and typically placed in front of Japanese Shinto shrines and Buddhist ...

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Onryō – Japanese Ghost of Vengeance
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In Japanese mythology, an onryōis a wrathful spirit, which roams the earth to take vengeance. It’s an unfulfilled and unsatisfied soul that has been ...

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Mujina – Japanese Shape Shifter
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In Japanese mythology, the Mujina is a shape-shifting yokai (spirit) that mocks and deceives human beings. The word Mujina can refer to the Japanese badger, ...

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