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Pandemonium and ParadeJapanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai$
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Michael Dylan Foster

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253612

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253612.001.0001

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Science of the Weird

Science of the Weird

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(p.77) Chapter 3 Science of the Weird
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Pandemonium and Parade
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Inoue Enryō Kokkuri

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520253612.003.0003

This chapter discusses the intersection of academic discourses and popular recreational practices. It takes a look at yōkaigaku, a discipline created by Inoue Enryō that can rationally explain supernatural beliefs so that Japan could become a modern nation-state. This chapter also considers Enryō's treatment of a popular game called Kokkuri, which called upon traditional yôkai to divine the future.

Keywords:   academic discourses, recreational practices, yōkaigaku, Inoue Enryō, supernatural beliefs, Kokkuri, traditional yôkai

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