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Transfiguration: Man-Made Objects as Demons in Japanese Scrolls

Elizabeth Lillehoj
Asian Folklore Studies
Vol. 54, No. 1 (1995), pp. 7-34
Published by: Nanzan University
DOI: 10.2307/1178217
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1178217
Page Count: 28
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Abstract

"Hyakki yakō emaki" (lit., "illustrated handscrolls of night processions of one hundred demons") have been produced by numerous Japanese artists, who have typically rendered the demons as tsukumogami (transfigured objects). Tsukumogami are tools and utensils that were thrown away, only to come to life as vengeful spirits after a certain period of time. Exactly why artists began to depict night processions of tsukumogami and when they first started to do so is still not clear; however, much light is shed on the matter by references to the subject in Heian-period diaries and records, Chinese illustrations of demon processions, and Muromachi-period tsukumogami emaki (illustrated handscrolls of transfigured objects). Additional insights are provided by modern folklore on tsukumogami and contemporary accounts revealing the great respect in which tools are held in Japan.

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