I love these Japanese ghost stories posted today by Lauren at her blog. Also check out the link to the old obituary of Marie Laveau, which i found Very Interesting. Did I say i also love Japanese ghost stores? Remember the movie The Grudge 1 and 2? I still think these are good illustrations of this genre. The Japanese with their Animism + Shinto + Buddhism have the most bizarre ghosts and demons of any culture. Maybe it is because their (temporary d/t reincarnation) Hells and Purgatories are like Dante and de Sade on acid. They are very visceral. Also there is a link to Sacred Texts to more of Lafcadio Hearn’s stories. Enjoy and shudder!
It’s October! My favorite month of the year! And as cliched as it might be, Samhain is my favorite sabbat. So let’s talk ghosts!
Or, more specifically, Lafcadio Hearn.
Born in Greece, he moved first to Ireland as a young child and then to America where he settled in Cincinnati (my old home town, Yay!). His journalism career, where he became known for writing about sordid murders, took off in Cincinnati. He eventually moved to New Orleans (my current home town, Yay!) and started writing articles for a variety of New Orleans papers. He lived in New Orleans for nearly 10 years. While there he became known for writing about local culture. Some even claim that…
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