Meiji-era Japanese “Hell Picture Book” is far more hilarious than horrifying 【Pics】
So, Hell. It’s supposed to be a scary, not-so-cool place, right? All that fire and torture and eternal suffering are supposed to be the ultimate punishment for not acting like a good person during your life. Makes sense that it would be depicted as a pretty miserable place in artwork then, right?
Well not according to one early Meiji-era (1868-1912) publication: The Hell Picture Book (or Hell Picture Scroll if we’re translating literally). Some of the illustrations seem like they’re meant to make the reader laugh out loud rather than instill any fear in them.
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