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Schippeitaro
HASEGAWA’S JAPANESE FAIRY TALE SERIES No. 17

 
 
 
 
English ed. 1888(Meiji 21) Catalogue No. 31

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French ed. 1903(Meiji 36) Catalogue No. 121

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Spanish ed. 1914(Taisho 3) Catalogue No. 168

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『竹篦太郎』(Shippeitaro
訳者:ジェイムズ夫人(Translator : Mrs. T.H. James)
絵師:鈴木宗三郎(Illustrator : Munesaburo Suzuki)

 
■ あらすじ 
 旅の若者が森の荒れ寺に泊まっていると、真夜中に「シッペイタロウに知らせるな!」と化け猫たちが寺の外で歌い踊る声を聞いた。翌朝、
森を抜けて村に到着した若者は、夕暮れまでに娘を人身御供<ひとみごくう>として荒れ寺の外に置き、山の神に差し出さねばならないと嘆く村人達に出会った。彼は前夜の出来事を思い出し、シッペイタロウの
ことを尋ねると、それは強い犬の竹篦太郎<しっぺいたろう>のことだとわかったので、犬を借りて娘の代わりに籠に入れ、寺で待った。
真夜中に化け猫たちと共に山の悪霊である巨大な黒い雄猫が姿を
現すと、若者は竹篦太郎と一緒に彼らを退治し、村を去り旅を続けた。
 
注釈
  人身御供を要求する神や化け物を退治する話は全国に存在するが、ジェイムズ夫人は元々「猿神退治」として語られる猿の話を猫に置き換えて表現した。猫を退治する犬として伝説上の名犬竹篦太郎をそのまま登場させている。絵は鈴木宗三郎<むねさぶろう>。
 
 
Outline of this story
 A young warrior spent the night at a dilapidated temple in the forest. In the middle of the night, he heard a commotion outside, and saw a bunch of phantom cats dancing while singing "Tell it not to Schippeitaro!" The next morning, the warrior emerged from the forest and arrived at a village, where he came upon people bewailing the fate of a maiden, who had to be given as a victim to the mountain spirit outside the desolate temple by evening. He recalled what he had heard and seen the previous night, and asked them who Schippeitaro was. The villagers told him it was the name of a brave and powerful dog. The warrior borrowed the dog, which he put into the cage in place of the maiden and took to the temple. When the phantom cats appeared at midnight with a huge black tom cat posing as a mountain fiend, he defeated them with Schippeitaro and then went on his way.
 
Note
 Tales of heroes that vanquish gods and phantoms demanding human sacrifice are found throughout Japan. For Schippeitaro, Mrs. T.H. James replaced the monkeys in the tale "Sarugami Taiji" with cats. And for the dog who defeats them, she used Schippeitaro, a legendary hound. The illustrations are by Munesaburo Suzuki.