In this week’s Brain Diving column on the Anime News Network site, Brian Ruh (a fellow Austinite who literally works just a few blocks away from me) discusses A Gathering of Spirits: Japan’s Ghost Story Tradition: From Folklore and Kabuki to Anime and Manga, a self-published book by Patrick Drazen. Ruh reviews the book, giving largely positive reviews. After reading the column, I’m looking forward to picking up the work.
One criticism Ruh mentions, however, is in how Drazen depicts the religious lives of the Japanese. The columnist infers a very important idea – the Japanese people are largely spiritual, but not religious.
Please go check out the column – Ruh’s a terrific writer and if you’re like me, his discussion might cause you to gain an interest in reading A Gathering of Spirits.