The Japanese psyche : major motifs in the fairy tales of Japan

by Hayao Kawai

Other authorsSachiko Reece
Book, 1988



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Dallas, Tex : Spring Publications, 1988

Physical description

234 p.; 23 cm

Local notes

This book examines the haunting, sad, and lovely depths of the Japanese soul by studying their idiosyncratic figures: terrible women who eat people, obscene escapes from the Oni monsters, brother-sister bonds, undersea dragon palaces, movements between "worlds". We learn why so few tales end in a "happily-ever-after" marriage, and why the female figure best represents the culture's ego and possible future.

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