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Here is a link to an article concerning mummified curiosities in Japanese museums and Buddist Temples.

http://www.weirdasianews.com/2009/09/16/demons-lurk-halls-japans-buddhist-temples/

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Re: Mummified Monsters in Japan

There was something akin to an industry in faked monstruosities in Asia in centuries past. The infamous Feejee Mermaid most likely orginated in Japan, as most of the other Jenny Haniver. Let's not forget the yeti "scalps" (discovered by Bernard Heuvelmans to be made out of Serow skins), the various mummified hands etc. Pretty much like the often questionable relics found in Christian churches their main purpose was to attract faithful/sensation seekers to a particular temple, and not to lead them to salvation! ;-)

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Re: Mummified Monsters in Japan

Better to deal with a fake kappa than a real one.  If I recall correctly, they can be nasty little buggers.

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Re: Mummified Monsters in Japan
BaronIveagh wrote:

Better to deal with a fake kappa than a real one.  If I recall correctly, they can be nasty little buggers.

Not necessarily. According to Japanese folklore should you ever meet an hostile kappa the best course of action is to politely bow to him. The kappa will always return the bow (presuming you want to start a sumo game) and in doing so it will empt the bowl of water on top of its head. This is the source of its prodigious strength and once the kappa realizes its power is gone it will make to the nearest body of water to replenish it, giving you enough time to make yourself scarce.

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"Louhi spoke in riddled tones of three things to achieve: find and catch the Devil's Moose and bring it here to me. Seize the Stallion born of Fire, harness the Golden Horse. He captured and bound the Moose, he tamed the Golden Horse. Still there remained one final task: hunt for the Bird from the Stream of Death"

-Kalevala, Rune XIII-


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Re: Mummified Monsters in Japan

I'll file that away with killing a flying head by tricking it into eating red hot stones by pretending to cook them like chestnuts. 

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