Matakichi

Japanese - A fisherman. Son of Kansuke. When a small island appeared and a bright light shone from the seabottom, he and his father set out to investigate. Kansuke fell into the sea and went straight to the bottom. Matakichi dived into the water but, although he discovered that the light was coming from the Great Awabi on the sea-bed, he failed to find his father. He became a disciple and, when he and a priest prayed for Kansuke's soul, the spirit of the Great Awabi appeared and confessed that he had eaten Kansuke. Giving instructions that Matakichi should receive the huge pearl inside his body, the Great Awabi killed himself. In some lore, occasionally known as Matakichi.

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