I always enjoy discovering evidence that people of a by-gone age were more sophisticated than they are depicted as in either popularized perception or in their official history. To me there is proof of this in the poem "Hobgoblins" by Japanese poet Yayu. The poem offers a rational explanation to the fear of the supernatural, revealing that there no need to attribute to demons that wish a person harm when it can be explained with some rational thought.
Image from Little Pictures of Japan (1925).
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