Acknowledgments Introduction, by Haruo Shirane Monsters, Warriors, and Journeys to Other Worlds Haseo and the Gambling Stranger (Haseo soshi) The Tale of the Dirt Spider (Tsuchigumo zoshi) The Demon Shuten Doji (Shuten Doji) The Demon of Ibuki (Ibuki Doji) The Tale of Tawara Toda (Tawara Toda monogatari) The Origins of Hashidate (Hashidate no honji (Bontenkoku) The Palace of the Tengu (Tengu no dairi) Yoshitsune's Island-Hopping (Onzoshi shima-watari) The Tale of Amewakahiko (Amewakahiko soshi) The Origins of the Suwa Deity (Suwa no honji) Buddhist Tales The Tale of the Fuji Cave (Fuji no hitoana soshi) Isozaki (Isozaki) The Tale of the Handcart Priest (Kuruma-zo soshi) Origins of the Statue of Kannon as a Boy (Chigo Kannon engi) Little Atsumori (Ko-Atsumori) The Crone Fleece (Ubakawa) Interspecies Affairs The Tale of the Mouse (Nezumi no soshi) The Chrysanthemum Spirit (Kiku no sei monogatari [Kazashi no himegimi]) The Tale of Tamamizu (Tamamizu monogatari) The Tale of a Wild Goose (Kari no soshi) The Stingfish (Okoze) Lady Tamamo (Tamamo no mae soshi) The Tale of the Clam (Hamaguri no soshi) The War of the Twelve Animals (Junirui kassen emaki) The Sparrow's Buddhist Awakening (Suzume no hosshin) English-Language Secondary Sources Permissions.
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Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds is a collection of twenty-five medieval Japanese tales of border crossings and the fantastic, featuring demons, samurai, talking animals, amorous plants, and journeys to supernatural realms. The most comprehensive compendium of short medieval Japanese fiction in English, Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds illuminates a rich world of literary, Buddhist, and visual culture largely unknown today outside of Japan. These stories, called otogizoshi, or Muromachi tales (named after the Muromachi period, 1337 to 1573), date from approximately the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries. Often richly illustrated in a painted-scroll format, these vernacular stories frequently express Buddhist beliefs and provide the practical knowledge and moral education required to navigate medieval Japanese society. The otogizoshi represent a major turning point in the history of Japanese literature. They bring together many earlier types of narrative-court tales, military accounts, anecdotes, and stories about the divine origins of shrines and temples--joining book genres with parlor arts and the culture of itinerant storytellers and performers. The works presented here are organized into three thematically overlapping sections titled, "Monsters, Warriors, and Journeys to Other Worlds, " "Buddhist Tales, " and "Interspecies Affairs." Each translation is prefaced by a short introduction, and the book features images from the original scroll paintings, illustrated manuscripts, and printed books. (source: Nielsen Book Data)