Kappa

Japanese - Water-demons of the Ainu. This being lived and travelled on flying cucumbers and ate cucumbers and blood. They had a depression on the top of the head which held water. They would challenge travellers to fight and, if the traveller bowed, they would bow in return and the vital liquid ran out and, with it, their strength. The traveller would be afflicted by a wasting disease. They sometimes attacked swimmers, sucking their blood. In one story, a kappa was captured when it seized a horse and its life was spared only when it promised on oath never again to attack domestic animals. They are said to have taught men the art of bone-setting and are depicted as having the body of a tortoise with the legs of a frog and the head of a monkey. Sometimes identified as Kappa, Child of the River, Child of the River, Kawako or Kawako.

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