Japanese Mythology

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KAPPA

Japanese Demons

Picture of the Japanese Demons Kappa from our Japanese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Extremely polite blood-sucking water demons

These slimy demons will lure you into the river. You are unlikely to get out alive — they suck out your insides through your poop hole. Not the most dignified way to depart this life.

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.

The Kappa 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.

Kappa Facts and Figures

Name: Kappa
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: Demons
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: NOT OKAY, be careful
Popularity index: 791

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Article last revised on September 23, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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