The second to last day of the AtoZChallenge, I hope everyone has been enjoying this years fun. Today, for the letter Y I have two female Japanese fictional phantoms for you. Both have a penchant for killing people, but for differing reasons.
Sadako Yamamura (Ring)
At one time she was simply a human being who had certain supernatural powers, but in all versions of the story, these powers cause events that least to her being thrown into a well and imprisoned.
In the film Ring she is killed by her own father and thrown into the well. From when she enacts her revenge.
She uses her power of nensha, which allows her to create images on film from her mind, to make a video tape. When viewed the tape will kill the viewer in seven days.
The only way to escape death is to copy the tape and show it to another person, thus passing on the curse to them and perpetuating Sadako's revenge.
The fictional phantom I have chosen today is from the Japanese anthology horror film Kwaidan (ghost stories).
In the story The Woman of the Snow the yuki-onna finds two farmers in a fisherman's hut. She kills one immediately by freezing him to death, but the other, Monokichi, she spares, because he is so young. She leaves him alive, with a warning never to speak of her to anyone or she will return and kill him, to which he agrees.
Minokichi keeps his word and later meets a young woman called Yuki, whom he falls in love with, marries and has children with. They live happily for ten years. Until he finally breaks down and tell her about the strange encounter he had.
Of course Yuki is the yuki-onna and reveals herself, but she refrains from carrying out her threat because of their children. However, she leaves the heartbroken Minokichi with another warning; he must look after them well or she will be back.
So a vengeful ghost climbing out of the TV or a spirit that can freeze the blood in your veins - which would you rather go up against?
My Other BlogsI am sharing blogging duties with my sister, Sophie, on two other blogs for the AtoZ as well :
And Sophie also has her own blog in the AtoZ too:
Other People's BlogsDon't forget to check out the other participant in this years AtoZChallenge. Click on the image to visit the main site and see the full list.