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Yoshitoshi Taiso's Ghosts and Demons

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Pandora's Box - Omoi Tsuzura
Fairy tale justice - the demons emerge

The serpent is about to squeeze the life out of her.

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection

The cruel old wife's basket is full of demons, instead of treasure!

This fairy tale is considered to be the Japanese equivalent of the story of Pandora's Box, in which a curious young lady opened a trunk and let evil out into the world.

The story of "The Tongue-Cut Sparrow" has been translated into English a number of times.

This print and the preceding one are from Yoshitoshi Taiso's series Shinkei sanju rokkaisen, or "36 Hair-raising Transformations."

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