HEIKEAlso known as HEIKEGANI, HEIKE-GANI
Samurai Crab spirits
Once upon a time in the Straits of Shimonoseki there was an epic battle between the Minomotas and the Tairas. The Taira tribe took a total pasting and were more or less wiped out or drowned in the inland sea.
Those of you into evolutionary biology may like to ponder the significance of artificial selection in the case of the Heike Crab. The theory goes that no ghost-fearing person is likely to kill and eat a crab bearing such an image, so over the years, normal crabs are more likely to get eaten while the strangely-marked ones survive to pass on their characteristics. Result: Human superstition conspires to breed a race of crabs with startlingly realistic Samurai faces.
However, there are several other crab species outside of Japan with similar markings, so perhaps the Heike warriors were inspired by the crabs instead. If only mythology could be explained so easily, we could have a day off now and then.
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.
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Location : Japan
Gender : Male
Type : Spiritual Being
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : HEIKEGANI, HEIKE-GANI
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