Spirits from the Far East
Japanese ghosts are called "yūrei," and, like ghosts in the West, remain after death due to unfinished business, the horrific nature of their deaths, or a lack of proper funerary rituals. Most are harmless, but onryō are vengeful spirits who can do great harm to the living. You might have seen an onryō in Japanese or Japanese-based ghost films, like "The Ring."
"The Ghost of Oyuki"
by Maruyama Ōkyo
Western ghosts often appear dressed in white due to the Christian practice of shrouding the dead. In Japan, ghosts also often appear in white, since white kimonos were used to dress the dead during the Edo period in Japanese history.
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Yūrei Tales You May Know...
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