Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Day VIII - Bakechochin

Lighting the lantern,
Haunting horrors come to life,
There's a ghost inside.

A pretty, traditional Japanese lantern ends up possessed by the ghost of someone who died with hate in their heart. Thus, we have the bakechochin which translates as 'haunted lantern' and attacks anyone who attempts to light it up. They're said to have scary wild eyes and long tongues and I love the idea of ghosts hiding in the ornate, attractive lanterns of the Far East. Hokusai's The Ghost of Oiwa is one representation of the ethereal light fixtures making their presence felt in art; I personally would be thrilled to have a possessed chōchin by my bedside...

1 comment:

  1. The Bakechochin is a paper lamp phantom containing the earthbound soul of a person who passed on in a disdain state. Bakechochin show up as hanging lamps with eyes and a long, projecting tongue.