Yokai Podcast 8: Dorotabo – 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 about the monster and the category of yokai it belongs to. We’ll bring 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.
A harmless spirit, for the most part. But that doesn’t make it any less frightening! The Dorotabo is a spirit that rises from the mud – from the mud of the rice paddy, to be more specific – and it haunts those who have left their fields unkempt.
It’s a persistent yokai for sure, not allowing the land owner any rest until their demands are met. It is a reflection of much of what was happening in Japanese society at one time, and we believe still gives us a reflection of our own lives in the developed worlds today.
Join D.C. and C. Michael McGannon in a murderous story* titled, “Fields of Hate”. Following the tale, The Monster Guys will share some insights into this legend and some of the history and lore surrounding it.
The above artwork Copyright © Matthew Meyer. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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.
Learn even more about the Ao Andon at: http://yokai.com/dorotabou/
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)”
Discover more about The Monster Guys here:
*”Fields of Hate” is an original short story written and narrated by C. Michael McGannon. Copyright © 2016 by C. Michael McGannon. All rights reserved. For permission and other information about this and other stories by D.C. McGannon or C. Michael McGannon, contact us here.