Mini-Series 1.5. Yaba Uma: Not a Monster At All

What constitutes a monster? Is it your looks, your action, your very being? What if you are forced into a situation that makes you a monster, what then? Japanese folklore is full of stories of women as monsters, but this week we are focusing on one woman who isn’t a monster at all. Join us as we tell the tale of Yama Uba and discuss what she represents in the continuum of life as a woman, and as an elder in society.

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Show Notes:

These episodes are too short for show notes because it would give away the whole story! Check back in for show notes on our full length episodes.


D. (2019, February 24). Ubasute: Is the Ancient Tradition of Dumping the Elderly in a Forest Encouraging Modern Murder? Ancient Origins.

Herstik, G. (2016, January 30). The Cunning Female Demons and Ghosts of Ancient Japan. The Vice.

Howard, K. (2021, April 22). Ubasute: The Age-Old (And Apocryphal) Practice Of Abandoning Elderly. All That’s Interesting.

Ordinary, C. (2021, July 21). Yama Uba. Curious Ordinary.

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