Category Archives: Wànzi

The Old One and the Fisherman’s Wife

Meanwhile in Japan, Hokusai in his old age used to sign 画狂老人卍 (Gakyōrōjinmanji). His life long production of painting covers every genres and subjects, like nyotaimori.  

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An Octopus with a Nose Ring

If the idea of having a swastika part of a Kanak charm against creatures from the deep seems strange to you, let me take you for a trip along the coast of Panama. There, the Kuna indians live on a … Continue reading

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Of a Charm against Creatures from the Deep

In The Shadow over Innsmouth ( H.P. Lovecraft, written 1931, published 1936), old Zadok Allen mentions a Kanak’s charm. “Well, come abaout thutty-eight – when I was seven year’ old – Obed he faound the island people all wiped aout … Continue reading

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Of Snakes and Ropes

As Japan got a lot of attention in the past weeks, I have been naturally led to recheck the list of movies inspired by a famous novelist. 緊縛 卍責め I noticed a red wàn on the movie poster of Double … Continue reading

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