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Monday, February 11, 2019

THE LEGEND OF THE KAPPA

The myth behind the kappa

According to ancient Japanese folklore, the Kappa is described as a water demon that inhabits rivers and lakes and devours disobedient little children. The Kappa, which means ‘river child’, is said to be a creature with the body of a tortoise, a beak, and the limbs of a frog, and has a hollow filled with water on top of his head.

According to legend, the cavity must be kept wet when the Kappa ventures out of the water, or he will lose his powers. The Kappa is one of the most well-known folk legends in Japan and many believe the mythical creature to be true. In fact, there are signs near some lakes in Japan warning people of their presence.  However, others maintain it possibility that the legend of the Kappa is somehow linked with the sightings of a Japanese Giant Salamander, or ‘hanzaki’, which is known to be aggressive and to grab its prey with its magnificent jaws.

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