To Believe and Not to Believe: A Native Ethnography of Kanashibari in Japan

To Believe and Not to Believe: A Native Ethnography of Kanashibari in Japan Abstract: This article discusses kanashibari, the Japanese version of an experiential phenomenon better known in North America as the “Old Hag.” A native of Japan, the author provides cultural background on kanashibari and investigates kanashibari personal experience narratives so as to demonstrate how Japanese individuals self-diagnose their experiences by referring to culturally prescribed explanations (both scientific and supernatural) for the phenomenon. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American Folklore American Folklore Society

To Believe and Not to Believe: A Native Ethnography of Kanashibari in Japan

Journal of American Folklore, Volume 128 (508) – Apr 26, 2015

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Abstract: This article discusses kanashibari, the Japanese version of an experiential phenomenon better known in North America as the “Old Hag.” A native of Japan, the author provides cultural background on kanashibari and investigates kanashibari personal experience narratives so as to demonstrate how Japanese individuals self-diagnose their experiences by referring to culturally prescribed explanations (both scientific and supernatural) for the phenomenon.

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Published: Apr 26, 2015

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