A curse is a wish of misfortune, bad luck or some other hardship to befall or place about a person or object. Many folklore mention such a supernatural force could be invoked through spells, rituals, hexes and even from the divine intervention of deities. In some myths, spirits of dead may conjured curses upon those who wronged them in life. Japanese legends tell of a ghost that seeks damnation upon its enemy known as the Goryo.
Cryptozoology is the study of unknown animals along with plants that have not yet been accepted by science to exist or be real. In some cases, crytozoolgists researched accounts involving large carnivorous plants consuming animals and even human beings. What would one do if encountering a tree starving for human blood spawned not from nature but by supernatural forces? In Japan, legends warn of such a vampiric plant called the Jubokko.
Where does the time go? Three years have now passed since starting Abnormal Realm and I would like to thank everyone for reading and following this blog along with your comments. During this period, I posted a number of articles about yokai which is a general reference used for the monsters, demons and spirits in Japanese folklore. These postings seem popular as there been an increasing request for them over the last year. In celebration of this anniversary, I will be posting more articles involving the paranormal and legends from Japan and Asia in the coming month as we first being with the Tenome.
In the past, I had mentioned how fascinating Japanese folklore is. Ghosts, monsters and demons are known as yokai in the country’s legends which in some cases, humans, animal and even household items could become. Over the years, I have read stories about the kappa, oni, inugami, and many others. Only recently, I have come across a tale about a monstrous creature called the gashadokuro.