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.
Journal of American Folklore – American Folklore Society
Published: Apr 26, 2015
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