Guardian Spirits

The rise of the cult of gohō dōji, guardian or servant spirits in the form of boys, was a particular medieval Japanese phenomenon vividly captured in both narrative accounts and visual representations. In illustrated scrolls (emaki) of this period, we often see strange-looking boys attacking malevolent spirits, acting as mediums in possession and exorcism rites, […]

Fact or Fiction

by Charlotte Kuchinsky When I was little my mother read to me from a book of fairytales and nursery rhymes. One story that I absolutely hated was that of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. I’m not quite sure why that particular story frightened  me when even Hansel and Gretel did not. I guess it is […]