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A old pic from 2006 or so, rdy for ghost stories? here goes the Yurei

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Yūrei (幽霊) are figures in Japanese folklore, analogous to Western legends of ghosts. The name consists of two kanji, 幽 (yū), meaning "faint" or "dim" and 霊 (rei), meaning "soul" or "spirit." Alternative names include 亡霊 (Bōrei) meaning ruined or departed spirit, 死霊 (Shiryō) meaning dead spirit, or the more encompassing 妖怪 (Yōkai) or お化け (Obake).

Like their Chinese and Western counterparts, they are thought to be spirits kept from a peaceful afterlife. Yūrei do not wander at random, but generally stay near a specific location, such as where they were killed or where their body lies, or follow a specific person, such as their murderer, or a beloved. They usually appear between 2 and 3 a.m, the witching hour for Japan, when the veils between the world of the dead and the world of the living are at their thinnest.

Yūrei will continue to haunt that particular person or place until their purpose is fulfilled, and they can move on to the afterlife. However, some particularly strong yūrei, specifically onryō who are consumed by vengeance, continue to haunt long after their killers have been brought to justice.

Some famous locations that are said to be haunted by yūrei are the well of Himeji Castle, haunted by the ghost of Okiku, and Aokigahara, the forest at the bottom of Mt. Fuji, which is a popular location for suicide. A particularly powerful onryō, Oiwa, is said to be able to bring vengeance on any actress portraying her part in a theater or film adaptation.

While all Japanese ghosts are called yūrei, within that category there are several specific types of phantom, classified mainly by the manner they died or their reason for returning to Earth.

Onryō - Vengeful ghosts who come back from purgatory for a wrong done to them during their lifetime.

Ubume - A mother ghost who died in childbirth, or died leaving young children behind. This yūrei returns to care for her children, often bringing them sweets.

Goryō - Vengeful ghosts of the aristocratic class, especially those who were martyred.

Funayūrei - The ghosts of those who died at sea. These ghosts are sometimes depicted as scaly fish-like humanoids and some may even have a form similar to that of a mermaid or merman.

Zashiki-warashi - The ghosts of children, often mischievous rather than dangerous.

Samurai Ghosts - Veterans of the Genpei War who fell in battle. Warrior Ghosts almost exclusively appear in Noh Theater. Unlike most other yūrei, these ghosts are usually shown with legs.

Seductress Ghosts - The ghost of a woman or man who initiates a post-death love affair with a living human.

The easiest way to exorcise a yūrei is to help it fulfill its purpose. When the reason for the strong emotion binding the spirit to Earth is gone, the yūrei is satisfied and can move on. Traditionally, this is accomplished by family members enacting revenge upon the yūrei's slayer, or when the ghost consummates its passion/love with its intended lover, or when its remains are discovered and given a proper burial with all rites performed.

The emotions of the onryō are particularly strong, and they are the least likely to be pacified by these methods.

On occasion, Buddhist priests and mountain ascetics were hired to perform services on those whose unusual or unfortunate deaths could result in their transition into a vengeful ghost, a practice similar to exorcism. Sometimes these ghosts would be deified in order to placate their spirits.

Like many monsters of Japanese folklore, malicious yūrei are repelled by ofuda (御札), holy Shinto writings containing the name of a kami. The ofuda must generally be placed on the yūrei's forehead to banish the spirit, although they can be attached to a house's entry ways to prevent the yūrei from entering.

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Mikana-fictions Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
Magnifique fantôme ^^
TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
A pretty and sexy ghost girl,with great artwork and amazing coloring!  :winner:
yarizui Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
thats just so creepy, if you saw this outside at night... you would freak out,, damn
pimohdaimaoh Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
or as Known as "SOHEE"
MOMOpJonny Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Have any more from Japanese folklore and mythology?
Adris Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She is very beautiful and becoming, for a ghost.
In the same or similar Wikia, I read of an old parlor game
"Hyakumo'no gatari Kai'dan kai"
or "Telling of 100 Supernatural Tales".
Fascinating beings, these Yūrei.
GulfKiller101 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
wonderful picture! very skilled!
ForbiddenSongstress Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so sad :( Who knew...I found this very informative. Thank you :3
SonoftheDarkness Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist
Beautiful and incredible. I just love ghosts don't you guys?
ScrawlMeHappy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
So, they're not usually depicted with legs? Just want to know.
babyvfan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Very nice
Aldoro Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Sweet =D
rocknjade77 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
not only is the drawing pretty but the story that goes with it is really interesting~!
Oh by the way, excellent artwork. Adding to favorites.
:iconokuni-evangeline-yin: got one bit wrong in your description. (Alright you got a few but they can be ignored as you got the general idea right but this one I'm telling you about is a huge blunder)
The Zashiki-Warashi isn't the ghosts of children. Zashiki-Warashi are categorized as Youkai, not Yurei. Youkai are demons and very different from Yurei and such. The Zashiki-Warashi are Youkai that originated from Toono in Japan. They bring fortune to houses with tatami mats in which they like to live in. However, they much be treated well or they will get mischievous(you got that part right) and the worst case scenario is that they will leave the house and bring all the good fortune with them. They do take the form of children, mostly girls, but technically they aren't the spirits of dead children. I'm partially Japanese and I study mythology over-extensively, so please don't doubt this. Thanks.
tmd0077 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Williams013 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
So that is what Aisaka Sayo from Negima is.
GulfKiller101 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
beautiful ghost
Snowflower--Chan00 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Writer
Interesting, I LOVE Japanese mythology. ^w^
Adris Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. never knew it was that deep... makes me see Ju-on and The Grudge in a much different way...
justZaz Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
never such a thing as too many yurei pics :la:
Sulov Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic-Raiko Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Japan is my absolute favorite place/subject ever and the yurei is one of my favorite ghost of all times :D Thank you for making her simply...divine XD
AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
I like how you made it so that she has no feet, to show that she is a spectre...!
notyourcupofteayeah Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Writer
Love your renditions of the Japanese myths
GulfKiller101 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
cool pic, i love japanese ghost stories and legends and folklore
Essence4life Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Absolutely stunning
Owlbear33 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
MarvaraTorrent Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Amazing ^^
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
So, what does that make Sadako Yamamura and Kayako Saeki?
GulfKiller101 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Onryo i think
ah-puch-zegno Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
<3 yurei, las cihuateteo son la versión mexicana!! viva la patria y sus fantasmas!!
Mae760 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Sexy ghosty :3
somecnroll Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Ljiljana83 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i really like this one, Very beautiful!
Shinobi555666 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Moon pictures always seem to get my attention for some reason
I love her expression <3
TheChibiDevil Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Setkira Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ghost or not... tis pic its really great.
Tears-of-Fire-Novel Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I like this one, it's very tasteful and eligent, (definately misspelled some of those.)
vahidm Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
I live kimonoes.
Metagrossfreak Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yuki Onna?
Satoshi444 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student General Artist
You made Yurei too!? Alright, now this is definitely going to be my :+fav:. Great work buddy! I love Yurei. Even though they're scary.
MikaInk Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011   General Artist
i love japanese ghosts XD
Averant Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunningly beautiful. :D
UncleScooter Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely! =D
"There he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live and too rare to die.”- Raoul Duke (“Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas”, 1998)
cashoneart Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Nice work luv them colors
Aikido456 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hauntingly beautiful! Excellent work!
eViLdEmOn124 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
windschlag Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Spooky--and sexy!

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