Reading the World: Japanese Mythology

Author: Juliet Piggott

Note on the book cover: I don't have the dust jacket for my copy. I'm assuming this is what my copy will look like with a dust jacket. Without the dust jacket there an engraving of a Nio, which is a guardian king, whose images stand at temple gates to frighten off demons.

Summary: Discusses the mythology of Japan, its origins in Shintoism and Buddhism, and the gods, spirits, men, and animals that appear in the many legends and stories.

Review: The book Japanese mythology explores the history, culture, religion, and mythology of Japan. Some chapters are little tidbits on each of these categories. It does not go into a lot of detail. Enough to expands one's knowledge.

Throughout the book, their artwork, and pictures of artifacts. Most of the pictures are in black in white. Some of the pictures are of actual places and might have been taken back when there only a black and white photograph. For the ones that are not, it limits the detail that being shown

This is the inside cover for the front and back of the book. Petty cool.
One story I will like to point out is the story of Issun Boshi (Little One Inch) and how he took down an oni (ogre) despite only being one inch tall. There are more stories like this, along with some ghost stories. This book is a good start to anyone's collection whether it be of a quest for knowledge or actual books in which you plan to build a grand library of various topics (like myself).

An artwork of Yorimitsu and his henchmen killing a giant.  

While we're are on the thought of ghost stories. I have read Japanese ghost stories here and there in some anthologies. I never came across a book on Japanese ghost stories until browsing Goodreads. Japanese Ghost Stories by Lafcadio Hearn. It may or maybe not be an upcoming review. It depends if I can get a copy. So stay tuned for another Reading the World post. In which I unearth folklore and myth from around the world. 

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