Yokai Podcast 9: Jikininki – 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.
The Jikininki is a “hungry ghost” – one who exists in the afterlife as a remorseful spirit feeding on the flesh of dead corpses. D.C. & C. Michael McGannon, The Monster Guys, discuss the origins and go into further depth about the story that Michael narrates from Lafcadio Hearn’s classic text “Kwaidan: Japanese Ghost Stories”.
The book was recently gifted to D.C. by dear friends who knew of his love of Japanese ghost stories. D.C. & Michael were compelled to read from this wonderful book for our #YokaiPodcast. Tonight’s story is the story of Muso, a Buddhist priest, in a story about the Jikininki.
The above artwork is from Gaki Zoshi (Scroll of the Hungry Ghosts) from the Heian period (12th century).
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*”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.