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Old 04 April 2017, 02:35 AM
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Japan has a lot of rather terrifying folk takes. Our kids have always loved them. I've heard people claim they help educate kids that the world can be a dangerous place. I don't think that's why they were written, though, at least not consciously for the most part. I think people have dark feelings and like dark tales and that may be because the world is a dangerous place. I don't think anyone really sat down and said, gee, how do I scare the children into being good? Instead I think the human psyche did that by making that the kind of story that is liked and remembered and retold.