Japanese Belief in Disaster-Causing Demons
Demons in Japanese lore wander between the living and the dead; some demons do good, and some wreak havoc. Demons have supernatural powers, but they also have the magical ability to affect natural phenomena. According to Japanese belief, demons are the root of all disasters, both natural and man-made.
Sam: Well, that's not exactly true. You see according to Japanese beliefs, certain demons are behind certain disasters, both natural and man-made. One causes earthquakes, another causes disease.
Sam: Well, this kid went missing from a preschool.
Dean: That sucks. And?
Sam: And at the same time he vanished, a surprise tornado hit, lasted maybe 20 seconds, then, uh... shazam! Back to perfect weather.
Dean: Hmm. And they pooh-pooh climate change.
Sam:Yeah. Well, similar wackiness has happened over the past few weeks in other places – uh, Tulsa, a bus driver vanishes and a river gets overrun with frogs. New Mexico – a mailman disappears, the earth splits open.
Dean: All right. So, uh, you thinking demons?
Sam: Yeah, possibly, but... I mean, this stuff was major.
Sam: Hey, so it's not just Americans who are vanishing. Uh, this guy, Luigi Ponzi disappeared walking between two subway cars in Rome. And right above ground, there was a freak hail storm.