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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:35 pm    Post subject: Kaidan: Tales of the Strange from the Edo Period? Reply with quote
Hey folks, consider this post a request and a question.

The question segment:

I wanted to make a very general inquiry regarding the origins of Kaidan art of storytelling during the Edo period.

What do you think spurred people toward hearing tales of the grotesque and the strange? Where did the source material come from - old Shinto/Buddhist stories?

On a more personal note - has anyone here ever participated in Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai? What types of stories were passed around?

The request segment:

Aside from Patrick Lafcadio Hearn's Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange things, have any other traditional Kaidan tales been translated into English?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well, I'd say check out "Tales of a Time Now Past" (Konjaku Monogatari) as well as "Japanese Tales" by Royall Tyler. Both are tales translated into English of various tales of monsters and the supernatural... I think Hoichi the Earless might be in one of those two.

K.M. is from about the 13th or 14th century (Kamakura period), and has a definite Buddhist bent. J.T. is a collection from various sources.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
JLBadgley wrote:
K.M. is from about the 13th or 14th century (Kamakura period), and has a definite Buddhist bent. J.T. is a collection from various sources.


Josh, if I'm not mistaken the tales from Konjaku Monogatari were written during the Heian era (although I don't have the time to check on the age of the earliest surviving edition-that might be from the Kamakura Era).
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I thought it was compiled during the Kamakura Period--I'll see if I have it at home. Might be that my memory has 'date creep' (written 12th century, brain thinks '1200s', translates to 13th century, etc.), or it may be the date of that particular extamt version that the translation was taken from, too.

Either way, some of the stories definitely date back to at least the Heian period.

Another one that you reminded me of, though, is the "Riverside Counselor's Stories", written in the 12th century.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Where did the source material come from - old Shinto/Buddhist stories?

Kaidan are usually folktales.
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On a more personal note - has anyone here ever participated in Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai? What types of stories were passed around?

Any scary ghost stories.
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