Japanese folklore holds some of the most frightening and dark tales on the planet. There are stories about monsters that hunger for human flesh, house items coming alive to terrorize their owners and the dead arising from the grave to devour souls. Some legends warn if one been wronged in life, their spirit could return as a malicious force capable of harming the living. One such entity, fishermen and sailors fear lurking in the open water is the funayurei.
Sarah Winchester was a woman of independence, drive, and courage who lives on in legend as a grieving widow who continuously built onto her home with multiple rooms to appease the spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifle manufactured by her husband’s firearms company. The following YouTube video, produced by Crypticc, goes into more detail about the Winchester mystery home.
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I recall within my first year of paranormal investigation, me and a couple of friends searched through this old abandon church for evidence of ghosts. Many years, we all heard the stories surrounding the building from ghosts to seal away demons. In the hours spent combing through the structure yielded nothing for clues of the paranormal, yet provided a valuable lesson of obtaining permission before conducting any investigation, as that evening ended with a fine for trespassing. This memory resurfaced only after watching this YouTube video about haunted churches.
Despite differences in any society or culture, you could find in many of their folklore common imaginary about the supernatural. Since the earliest human civilization, there have been stories about people returning from the grave needing to feed upon humans to substance themselves. Legends of these creatures are told across the global including Japan with its folklore holding some morbid myths such as the Hone-onna.
Over the years, I read many Japanese legends about creatures called yokai. They are the monsters, ghosts, demons, and other supernatural entities believed lurking within the shadows. Japan holds some of the darkest and twisted folklore in the world along with the most bizarre beings. I thought by now I learn nearly all the aberrant yokai of myth, until recently reading about the Nuppeppo.