Yamawaro

Yamawaro By Matt on May 31, 2013, in All Yōkai, Chūgoku, kappa, Kumamoto, Kyūshū, mountain, The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons

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山童やまわろ

Translation: mountain childAlternate names: yamawarawaHabitat: mountains; commonly found throughout Kyūshū and West JapanDiet: omnivorous

Appearance: Yamawaro are minor deities of the mountains, closely related khổng lồ other nature spirits such as kappage authority, garappa, and hyōsube. Short creatures resembling boys of about 10 years of age, their heads are crowned in long brown hair and their bodies are covered in fine, light hair. They have sầu a short torso và two long legs, on which they walk upright. A yamawaro’s most distinguishing feature is the single eye in the middle of its head. They are skillful mimics, copying the sound of falling rocks, wind, dynamite, và tools. They can even learn to lớn speak human languages & sing human songs.

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Interactions: Like their cousins the kappage authority, yamawaro despise horses and cows, và attaông xã them on sight. They love the sport of sumo, which they are better at than any human. Like hyōsube, they sneak into homes to nap và take baths, và leave behind a thichồng film of grease và hair when they are done.

Yamawaro are frequently encountered in the mountains by woodcutters, và are known khổng lồ help with work. If properly thanked và offered food for their services, a yamawaro is likely to return lớn help again. However, care must be taken when feeding a yamawaro. If the amount of food is less than what was promised, it will grow angry and never return. If offered before the work is performed, the yamawaro will simply take the food and run.

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Origin: One theory from Kumamolớn Prefecture says that yamawaro and garappa are actually different forms of the same yōkai. During the cold months, these creatures live in the mountains as yamawaro (or yamawarawa, as they are known locally). During the warm months, they live sầu in lakes and rivers as garappage authority. Every year on the autumn equinox, all of the country’s garappa transkhung into lớn yamawaro and travel from the rivers to the mountains in a mass migration. They return on the spring equinox & transkhung back inkhổng lồ garappa. Villagers who build their houses in the pathway of these massive sầu yōkai migrations are prone to find holes, gashes, and other damage caused by yamawaro angry at having their path blocked. People who witness the springtime return of the yamawaro often catch deadly fevers.

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This theory is supported by the fact that these creatures giới thiệu so many traits in comtháng with one another, & because it is extremely rare khổng lồ see garappage authority in the winter. However, it is also possible that these aquatic yōkai go inkhổng lồ hibernation during the colder months, & that the similarities between garappage authority và yamawaro are simply coincidence.


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