Hyakumonogatari Kaidan-Kai/百物語怪談会 or better known as ‘The 100 ghost stories ritual’ is one of Japanese summoning rituals in Japan. Originated from a test of courage between 7 samurai back in 1660, the game spreaded to the rural area and became feudal Japanese favourite past-time. Hyakumonogatari is literally translated in part as hyaku – one hundred, monogatari – a story.Kaidan, however, is a crucial component to the establishment and the ongoing development of the ritual. In modern Japanese culture, Kaidan means ‘to narrate the strange’, different from the contemporary definition as ‘frightening ghost stories’ (Davisson, 2011).
The samurai engaging in the ritual.
Many kaidan(s) represent the Japanese relationship with Shintoism – which has been linked to since birth and their belief in the supernatural. Part of the reasons why kaidan, as well as the ritual, still manage to survive after hundreds of years…
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