Kaidan - Japanese horror stories

Kaidan or Japanese horror stories, this can be a very interesting subject to discuss. After all, horror stories are part of anyone's life, especially in childhood. But in Japan, Kaidan is not meant to frighten or frighten people, but rather another goal. Curious isn't it?

Horror stories exist in every country, be it a good thing or a bad thing. Some have the purpose of doing a greater good, putting fear in children so that they do not disobey their parents is an example. Others focus on making money, which is the current cinematographic market.

Kaidan - the Japanese horror stories

In the culture of each people, it is normal for horror stories to be associated with religions. Lucifer is an example of personification of evil in Christian religions. Just like Ragnarök is the event that will bring chaos and destruction, according to Norse mythology.

Along with these horror stories, there are urban legends that are also a specific genre within terror. Urban legends began a long time ago, the stories of the Brothers Grimm were the first to be transmitted by Europe and, later, to the world.

Kaidan - Some useful information

While in our Western culture, tales of terror have a unique format - except for urban legends that have a proper name - Japanese horror tales have a definite name: kaidan.

Although very confusing, the term should not be used to refer to the j-horror, nor to traditional western tales. The term kaidan, in Japanese, is written with kanji: kai and dan. Kai means mysterious or rare and dan means spoken or recited narrative.

Kaidan - the Japanese horror stories

Some movies like Ring (1998) is not an example of kaidan. For what reason? Simple, the film is nothing more than a film adaptation of a horror book. In case you didn't know, he is the inspiration for the directors of “The call", as it is known here in Brazil.

Unlike stories in the West, the genre is not meant to scare people, or scare them. The intention is to narrate strange things that happened once, which can happen to be something ghastly.

Kaidan in Japanese culture

Kaidan is one of the genres that persisted in Japan during the early years of Japanese literature history. It was during the Edo period that there was a greater appreciation of Japanese art and culture in the history of Japan.

Kaidan - the Japanese horror stories

An example of the history of the genre is the “The dish mansion in Bancho ”. The story takes place a long time ago and portrays the death - unjust - of a servant, he returns in the form of a ghost - or yurei as the ghost in Japan is called - to haunt the living. That is, they are very common stories, but with different meanings.

However, although they are stories with known, even predictable plots, what is behind is bigger than that. The vast majority of Japanese follow Buddhism, this influences the elements portrayed in the plot of the kaidan.

Buddhists strongly believe in what they call karma. It would be, basically, an analogy with the law of cause and effect: for every action, there is a fruit and there is a result. This concept is the basis of Buddhism. and this fruit, or result, is reflected in current life or in the afterlife.

When the tale involves ghosts, the chance of reading something about revenge is enormous. There is a Japanese belief that yurei they exist due to the feeling of revenge present in the body.

Do you know any Kaidan?

Before finishing, it is interesting to note that the tales of the style kaidan have references to the water element. Because in Japanese belief, water is the road to the underworld.

But anyway, Kaidan is also part of a Japanese game type. The game is basically the same kind as those of invoking spirits and demons or something like that here in the West. Where you have to do a kind of ritual to perform the game. I will not go into details as it would be unnecessary.

Unfortunately we did not put any Kaidan here in the article, but if you know any, put it there in the comments, it would be interesting. and of course, don't forget to share the article and website on social media.

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