Emma is the king of hell in Japanese lore. In the few stories I read with him in it, people who die are brought before him for judgment. He sometimes sends them back, either for a chance to atone for their sins, or to carry out unfinished business (after which they will again immediately die). Overall, he seems to be quite a reasonable and not at all unpleasant fellow.Source: Tyler, Royall, Japanese Tales, Pantheon Books, 2002.
How interesting. Emma might be the only master of hell in culture to be so easy going.Reply