However, the word has multiple meanings.
This story, coming from The Tale of Genji does not contain this creature in the original story. Instead the soul of Lady Rokujō’s leaves her body every night to stalk Lady Aoi, and this is given the name of a ikiryō (Living ghost) instead. Toriyana Sekien changed this to the Hannya in his decpition.1
- View the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki online here: Konjaku Online.
1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.
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