The Dark Side of Japan: Ancient Black Magic, Folklore, Ritual by Antony Cummins (Paperback, 2017)

The Dark Side of Japan: Ancient Black Magic, Folklore, Ritual by Antony Cummins (Paperback, 2017) The Dark Side of Japan is a collection of folk tales black magic protection spells monsters and other dark interpretations of life and death from Japanese folklore Much of the information comes from ancient documents translated into English here for the first time Antony Cummins has also searched the now forgotten Victorian volumes on Japanese mythology and explains recent academic research on Japan for the non-expert Antony has transformed the complex information into a modern rendering with stories and details that let a modern reader enter into the world of the forgotten legends of old Japan and the superstitions that colour them some of which still exist today The Dark Side of Japan is profusely illustrated with drawings showcasing the hellish' concepts within And remarkably hellish they are too Consider the kappa goblin-like creatures that have the body of a child the face of a tiger adorned with a beak and the shell of a turtle They drag people into rivers and ponds and drown them If a woman gives birth to a kappa baby after being raped the baby is hacked to death'
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