Episode Six: Yokai Parade

Hello everyone! Our group is the Shudan Borei, which translates to “Group of Ghosts”. Our group members include Evan Whitis, Lauren Moore, Victoria Cummings, and Zoe Doubles.

This episode of the “Gods, Ghosts, and Spirits of East Asia” podcast series covers a group of four yokai, which are the kappa, oni, nurarihyon, and the kuchisake-onna. Our podcast looks at the cultural significance of these yokai, what context they were created into, and in some cases, how the yokai have changed with the culture of Japan.

Host and Sound Editor: Evan Whitis

Lauren Moore- The Kappa
Eli Rue- The Oni
Zoe Doubles- The Nurarihyon
Victoria Cummings- The Kuchisake-onna

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