Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Yokai of the Week - Kamaitachi

“Kamaitachi” literally translates to “sickle weasel.” According to Japanese folklore, kamaitachi are a set of three bloodthirsty weasel spirits. They appear as a gust of wind that knocks people down, but when the people get up they discover they have been cut by one of the kamaitachi. In some depictions, the first one knocks the person down, the second cuts them with a sickle, and the last one patches him up.

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