As it turns out, there are many interpretations of what comes under the Band of Yokai.
I am still trying to assimilate much of the information from the first article I researched and may have to reread several times, after all this encompasses many hundreds of years of folklore and research.
Yokai, Yurei, Bakemono, Mononoke, Oni…. the list goes on and different writers seem to have different ideas about what relates to what. Bakemono seems to be widely known as something that changes form, some say they stay in certain places and choose victims randomly who enter their domain. Yurei however, are very different according to some sources, they are those that attach themselves to the life of a single target, relentlessly hunting them down and dogging their every step.
Monster? Ghost? Demon? Spirit? seems like Yokai might just encompass them all, but then i could be wrong on that.
More research is needed.
I thought I would start a Bibliography now to keep track of all the links and books I use for the reseach early.
Chris Bubb. (2010). Pokémon, Localization, and Cultural Odor.Available: http://postbubbleculture.blogs.wm.edu/2010/04/05/pokemon-localization-and-cultural-odor/. Last accessed 13th Sept 2015.
Dr. Sahar Amer. (Ongoing). Women > Veiling > What is the Hijab and Why do Women Wear it?. Available: http://arabsinamerica.unc.edu/identity/veiling/hijab/. Last accessed 9th Oct 2015.
Luke Mckinney. (2014). AUSTRALIA’S MOST RIDICULOUS INSTANCES OF VIDEO GAME CENSORSHIP. Available: http://www.techly.com.au/2014/09/26/australias-ridiculous-instances-video-game-censorship/. Last accessed 27th Sept 20015.
Zack Davison. (2013). What’s the Difference Between Yurei and Yokai?.Available: http://hyakumonogatari.com/2013/11/15/whats-the-difference-between-yurei-and-yokai/. Last accessed 27/06/2015.
After due consideration, and a very helpful Email from Sharon I now feel fully prepared to enter into this next stage of research with full confidence.
It’s a very interesting and exciting area of study, and something of which I find incredibly interesting to talk about. This should be a very rewarding subject to research.
Below Top: My innitial proposal, that maybe needs some fine tuning, and the second idea removing.
Below: Email reply from Sharon that really helped me to focus.