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My name is Patricia, I'm from Venezuela and on this blog you'll find mostly films, books, comics, random stuff etc, etc, etc. Nothing out of this world, really.
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Bizarre Tsunami Ghost Stories Haunt Japan
An unusual outbreak has struck Japan in the wake of the 2011 tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people—of ghosts, possessions, and exorcisms.
Reverend Kaneda, the top priest at a Zen temple, says he personally exorcised several people who had been invaded by the spirits of tsunami victims, writes Richard Lloyd Parry in the London Review of Books. Believe the stories or don’t, they can be moving and scary:
- A farmer who flippantly visited the tsunami scene—while eating an ice cream no less—terrified his wife in the coming days by jumping down on all fours, licking the futon, bellowing all night, and saying, “Everyone must die.” Kaneda scolded the farmer for acting foolishly and exorcised the spirit. “Something got hold of you, perhaps the dead who cannot accept yet that they are dead.”
- A fire station in Tagajo kept getting calls to places that were demolished by the tsunami, until the firefighters prayed for spirits of people who had died—and the calls stopped coming.
- A Sendai cab driver picked up a sad-looking man who wanted to go to an address that had been swept away. The cab driver looked in the mirror and saw that his passenger was gone, but the driver drove there anyway and opened the door for the ghost to leave.
- Kaneda exorcised one woman of 25 spirits that entered her one after the other. One said he was a father trying to find his daughter when the quake struck. Now he was at “the bottom of the sea,” unable to swim up because “there are bodies all around me.”
According to Parry, Japan’s unspoken religion, the cult of ancestors, may be behind all this. Many Japanese keep memorial tablets for dead ancestors—the ihai—and consider them alive in some way. Knowing this, a book publisher who doesn’t believe in the supernatural held readings of ghost stories at community centers, where locals could tell their own tales as a form of therapy. “We provide an alternative for helping people through the power of literature,” he said. Click for Parry’s full article. Or read about a Japanese widower who is searching the sea floor for his wife who was killed in the tsunami, at the BBC.
Holy fuck boys do I love ghost stories.
Have you heard of Ban Bossy? It’s the new initiative from Lean In and the Girl Scouts that’s trying to ban “bossy” and similar words that are used to bring down girls that are ambitious, take risks, and speak up. By changing the way we treat girls who lead, hopefully our generation will someday see more women in leadership roles.
don’t read the youtube comments on this.
"It’s our little secret that you are wolf children. If you were to suddenly become wolves, everyone would be very surprised. So you cannot become wolves in front of other people. Promise?"
"And one more thing. If you meet other animals in the mountains, you can’t act like you’re better than them."
"Because Daddy will feel sad about it. Okay?"
i love that barrowman’s response also distances him from the contestant
"hahahaha women do laundry right john? you with me, john?"
"don’t lump me in with you, you fucking martian”