">
Godchecker's mythology encyclopedia

KAPPA

A picture showing the legend of KAPPA taken from our Japanese mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Japanese Gods, Japanese Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Extremely polite blood-sucking water demons

These slimy demons will lure you into the river and suck your blood. You are unlikely to get out alive.

You can recognize a KAPPA from the bowl-like depression on top of its head. The bowl is filled with water and this gives the demon its power.

KAPPAs are, however, extremely polite. So here is what you do. Bow courteously in the approved Japanese fashion. Naturally the creature will have to return the bow. All the water on its head will tip out. The KAPPA is then powerless until the water can be replenished.

That is not all. The KAPPA are crazy about cucumbers. They prefer cucumbers to blood. Bribe them with a cucumber and they will promise you almost anything.

  • Share this page:

Article last updated on 24 December 2012
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

COPYRIGHT © 1999-2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Please mention Godchecker.com when praying to deities.

Godchecker's article on Kappa is based on material from ancient texts, original references and our own research. We strive for accuracy and update regularly with new information. If you spot a mistake please contact us and we'll try to fix it.


Suggested further reading...
ABOUT KAPPA : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : KAPPA
Location : Japan
Gender : Male
Type : Demon
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : NOT OKAY, be careful
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 1797

Join the Godchecker mailing list

Stay in the loop with Godchecker updates. You can unsubscribe at any time.
We are often asked about merchandise. Can we supply the latest Kappa graphic novel, book or comic? Not to mention role-playing games (RPG), video games, Kappa movies on DVD, BluRay and so on. To purchase such goodies we suggest you search for a dedicated mythology-based online store - or try Amazon, Ebay or other reputable websites. We offer a wide range of our own merchandise in our online GodShop, but we don't currently sell third party items. Yet!

Visitors often email us asking about Kappa statues, sculptures or carved figurines of Kappa. We regret we cannot assist with identifying such items.




PRESS or MEDIA enquiries? Contact us here.

REPRODUCTION REQUESTS. This site is copyright and all rights are reserved. If you wish to use our material in your essay, book, article or project, please consult our permissions information page.

SUPPORT THE GODS. Found this site useful? Consider donating a few pennies to the Godchecker Temple Roof Fund.



The Gods told us to do it.
up
THE A-Z OF JAPANESE GODS
The Complete List of JAPANESE GODS...

Can't find the Japanese God you want? Try searching our Holy Database...

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST


CONTACT US