Monday, November 11, 2013

The Devil and Okinawa - The O-Files

Sadako?
Most people living here on Okinawa, regardless if they are from here or not, are familiar with Okinawa's ties with the dark underworld. Ghost stories are common throughout the island. It is in the culture. But me personally, there was one wrong assumption I had made...

Rewind...

One day I was having a dinner at a friends house. It was with him and his family. As we were about to sit and eat, one of his teenage sons had just gotten home in time to join us. As he made his way to the table, he said he had just watched a horror movie at his friend's house. Curious to know what it was...he calmly told me it was The Exorcist.

Now...., like most Americans familiar with the hair-raising movie, when you hear the movie Exorcist, you get a funny sensation of something crawling on your back... and instantly,... vivid memories of regurgitated pea-soup, a rotating head, and sounds of that horrid demonic voice immediately enter the mind.

Slightly shocked, I was like, “Wow, weren't you guys scared?

He nonchalantly shrugged his shoulders, and said, “No”. (Why of course! How foolish of me to expect anything else?)

I was even more shocked by his next response. In one breath, he said Okinawans don't have a concept of the Devil.

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