Back at Part-Time Monster this week discussing the Japanese version of the Old Crone: Onibaba. Have a look!
*Warning: story includes fetal murder and images of nudity.
The tales of Onibaba the Demon Hag are numerous and bloody. Her myths are centered around primal fears of pregnancy, menopause, and desperation.
Be warned, this post contains tales of fetal murder and cannibalism, as well as images of nudity.
Onibaba’s most famous story begins with a merchant family and a midwife. Shortly after giving birth to a daughter, the merchant family grows despondent to discover their daughter is rather sickly. They seek out a priest to heal her, and the priest informs them that the only cure for her illness is to consume the healthy liver of a newborn child.
In a classic tale of short-sightedness and desperate selfishness, the merchant family tasks the midwife with finding the liver. Never mind where it will come from, or that should it have been another person’s infant, they wouldn’t have given up their daughter’s liver to save another babe.
The midwife, however, does…
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