Posted by : SimoneGallina™ lunedì 26 marzo 2012

Monsters from the Kaibutsu Ehon, 1881:

Aoi no Ue - Character from The Tale of Genji who suffers episodes of spirit possession
“The Kaibutsu Ehon (“Illustrated Book of Monsters”) features woodblock prints of yōkai, or creatures from Japanese folklore. Illustrated by painter Nabeta Gyokuei, the book is modeled after the influential works of Toriyama Sekien, an 18th-century scholar and ukiyo-e artist known for his attempt to catalog the many species of yōkai in Japan.”
- Pink Tentacle

Buruburu - Forest-dwelling ghost that causes victims to shiver violently

Daibutsu-kaibutsu - Mysterious pile of crumbling skulls

Futsukeshibaba (a.k.a. Hikeshibaba) - Mysterious old woman in white who extinguishes lanterns

Hitotsume-bōzu - Monk with cyclopean eye

Kasha - Cat-like demon that descends from the sky to feed on corpses before cremation

Mikoshi-nyūdō - Monk-like creature that grows taller the more you look at it

Nekomata - Fork-tailed cat with a host of supernatural abilities

Noderabō - Strange creature standing near a temple bell

Nue - Chimera-like bringer of misfortune that can fly and morph into a dark cloud

Nyūnaisuzume - Sparrows flying from the mouth of exiled poet Fujiwara no Sanekata

Shiriyau (a.k.a. Shiryō) - Spirit of the dead

Shuten Dōji - Fearsome oni known for kidnapping, enslaving and devouring young Kyoto maidens

Sōgenbi - Fiery ghost of oil-thieving monk (based on Kyoto legend)

Tanuki-bō - A monk who turned into a tanuki

Tengu - Bird-like demon

Teratsutsuki - Mononobe no Moriya's resentment changes into a woodpecker

Ubagabi - Fiery ghost of old woman encountered along the Hozu River in Kyoto

Ubume - Ghost of woman who died during childbirth

Umizatō - Blind lute player who walks on the sea

Waraime (a.k.a. Kerakera-onna) - Giant cackling woman

Yamao - One-eyed mountain creature (possibly related to the yama-waro of Kyushu)

Yanari - Little demons that produce the creaking sounds heard in old houses

Yūrei - Ghost

Source: Shinku Nichibun via Pink Tentacle

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