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Science of the Weird

Inoue Enryō Kokkuri

in Pandemonium and Parade

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253612
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942677 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253612.003.0003
Science of the Weird

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This chapter discusses the intersection of academic discourses and popular recreational practices. It takes a look at yōkaigaku, a discipline created by Inoue Enryō that can rationally explain supernatural beliefs so that Japan could become a modern nation-state. This chapter also considers Enryō's treatment of a popular game called Kokkuri, which called upon traditional yôkai to divine the future.

Keywords: academic discourses; recreational practices; yōkaigaku; Inoue Enryō; supernatural beliefs; Kokkuri; traditional yôkai

Chapter.  15404 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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