Ghosts on the shore: Japanese Ghost Stories Dwell in the Spirit of their Times

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Ghosts on the shore by Christopher Harding

Quote:Survivors of the disaster soon began seeing and feeling ghostly presences. Men and women dressed in warm clothes at the height of summer, hailing taxis and then disappearing from the back seat. A toy truck, belonging to a young boy killed in the tsunami, pushing itself haltingly around the room. One woman answered her door to a sopping wet stranger, who asked for a change of clothes. She went off to find something. When she came back, a whole host of people were standing there, all of them soaked to the skin.

Here was a new Legends of Tōno in the making. But why would Japan, a country so often associated with a secular, high-tech modernity – the fulfilment of much of what Yanagita had feared – find itself home to all this? Where do Japan’s ghosts come from? And what message do they bring?
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell


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Sci, I just posted the same link here:
https://psiencequest.net/forums/thread-j...st-stories

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This has echoes of a book from 2014 entitled
"Ghosts of the Tsunami" by Richard Lloyd Parry.
https://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n03/richard-ll...he-tsunami
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(2018-08-08, 05:37 PM)Ninshub Wrote: Sci, I just posted the same link here:
https://psiencequest.net/forums/thread-j...st-stories

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Ah just delete this then - sorry! (or merge the threads)?
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell


I don't think there's any problem with both staying, Sci. Smile
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