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Teaching The Japanese "Monster" Scroll

The Japanese "Monster" Scroll

Every culture has something to fear. In the middle ages in Europe, it was witches and demons. In today's modern American culture, it's clowns, ghosts, and zombies. \n\nIn this article, we have images from the "Monster Scroll" from the Edo-Period in Japan (18th or 19th century). Though the artist and date is unknown, we can learn something about the reality of Japanese culture at this time by examining their mythical monsters. Across it’s length are depicted a ghoulish array of “yokai,” or supernatural monsters, spirits and demons from Japanese folklore.

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What inferences can we make about Japanese culture during the Edo period based on their monsters?
RH.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RH.7 - Visual Information


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