Yokai Podcast 18: “A Burning Fate” (Katawaguruma & Wa nyūdō) – A Monster Guys Podcast Presentation
Show Notes & Summary:
The Monster Guys present: The Yokai Podcast!
Each week, we will bring you a story about a specific yokai, followed by a brief discussion, bringing you interesting insights, historical information, and short illustrative stories – sometimes whimsical, sometimes serious, often scary or disturbing, but always mystical – about the wonderful world of Yokai.
This week we share an original story by C. Michael McGannon titled “A Burning Fate” about two yokai with very similar stories: the Katawaguruma (crippled wheel) and the Wa nyūdō (wheel priest). Both are equally terrifying in their own right, but in this story we find the rare surprise of redemption, which, we think, is a good thing.
Following the tale, we discuss both yokai, their relation to Jigoku (hell), and, of all things, Judo!
Join in for a wonderful story and a fun chat afterward. And please share!
As always it is our pleasure and privilege to share with you each week through the power and wonder of storytelling!
As much as we are granted permission, we will share the artwork of Matthew Meyer, yokai and Japanese culture author and illustrator, in reference to the yokai on the show. Matthew’s information is below. Please visit him and fall in love with the modern art and retelling of Japan’s mysterious yokai, through the eyes of someone who has devoted his career to researching and documenting them.
Discover the world of Matthew Meyer:
His books: “The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons: A Field Guide to Japanese Yokai” & “The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits: An Encyclopedia of Mononoke and Magic (Yokai)”
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“A Burning Fate” is Copyright © 2017 by C. Michael McGannon. For permission and other information about this and other stories by D.C. McGannon or C. Michael McGannon, contact us here.