YAMAWARO

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Yamawaro By Matt on May 31, 2013, in All Yōkai, Chūgoku, kappa, Kumamolớn, 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 & West JapanDiet: omnivorous

Appearance: Yamawaro are minor deities of the mountains, closely related khổng lồ other nature spirits such as kappa, 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 a short torso & 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, and tools. They can even learn lớn speak human languages và sing human songs.

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

Yamawaro are frequently encountered in the mountains by woodcutters, và are known to lớn help with work. If properly thanked và offered food for their services, a yamawaro is likely lớn return to 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 và never return. If offered before the work is performed, the yamawaro will simply take the food và run.

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Origin: One theory from Kumamokhổng lồ Prefecture says that yamawaro và 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 in lakes và rivers as garappa. Every year on the autumn equinox, all of the country’s garappa transkhung into yamawaro and travel from the rivers to the mountains in a mass migration. They return on the spring equinox and transform back into garappage authority. Villagers who build their houses in the pathway of these massive yōkai migrations are prone to find holes, gashes, và other damage caused by yamawaro angry at having their path blocked. People who witness the springtime return of the yamawaro often catch deadly fevers.

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

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