Jul 14, 2022
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Kunio Yanagida, a Japanese monster scholar, once said: "I hope to spy on ordinary people's outlook on life, especially the changes in beliefs, through the study of monster culture." Yanagida Kunio's statement broke the stereotype that people thought monsters were just superstition and vulgarity. , giving you a place in the field of "folklore". Monsters and folk customs are closely related, so for example, the magazine "Folk Customs Taiwan" during the Japanese occupation period records many monster legends, which has become one of the foundations for the study of monsters in Taiwan today. Some people may think that the monsters are just nonsense. But through "yokai science", we found that youkai are connected with the social blood photo background removing of human beings. P_50-51 Figure 1: The magazine "Folk Customs Taiwan" during the Japanese Occupation, the cover is the Taiwanese children's play painted by Tateishi Tiechen " Photo Credit: Courtesy of He Jingyao The magazine "Folk Customs Taiwan" during the Japanese Occupation period had a cover of Taiwanese children playing "ghost toys" painted by Tateishi Tiechen. Monsters are like mirrors, projecting people's hearts The birth of monsters comes from the rich imagination of human beings. Monsters are like mirrors, reflecting people's fear of nature, or an assumption about the fate of society and ethnic groups. In addition, after youkai are created, they will in turn shape the face of human culture. Therefore, the existence of monsters is equivalent to the accumulation of local history and folk culture, and will be closely related to people's psychological state in a specific time and space. For example, the long-haired mermaid "Taqrahaz" in Sun Moon Lake is a kind of goblin with a fish tail and often destroys the fishing tubes set up by the Thao people in the water. But in fact, it will destroy the fishing gear, in order to protect the aquarium from being fished out. With Daklaha's teachings, the Thao people have since understood the truth of how to live in peace with the Sun Moon Lake Aquarium, and they are forbidden to fish out of the water.