Japanese mythology
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Jorōgumo- Shapeshifting Spider

In Japanese mythology,a Jorōgumo is a ghost, goblin, or spider, that can transform and shapeshift into a beautiful woman. In Japanese Kanji, the word ...

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Komainu – A Japanese Symbol of Protection

The Komainu are a pair of Japanese statues carved in the shape of a dog or lion, and typically placed in front of Japanese Shinto shrines and Buddhist ...

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Onryō – Japanese Ghost of Vengeance

In Japanese mythology, an onryōis a wrathful spirit, which roams the earth to take vengeance. It’s an unfulfilled and unsatisfied soul that has been ...

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Mujina – Japanese Shape Shifter

In Japanese mythology, the Mujina is a shape-shifting yokai (spirit) that mocks and deceives human beings. The word Mujina can refer to the Japanese badger, ...

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Kagutsuchi – A Japanese God of Fire in a World of Paper

As the Japanese kami (orgod) of fire, Kagutsuchi has one of the most unique and fascinating stories in Shintoism. It is a rather short story too but, just ...

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Kitsune – Nine-Tailed Fox Of Japanese Mythology

The Kitsune yokai (spirits) in Japanese Shintoism are a popular and wide-spread myth. These magical multi-tailed foxes can shapeshift into people, possess ...

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Kodama –Mysterious Tree Spirits in Japanese Shintoism

The kodama are Japanese tree spirits that reside in special trees in ancient forests. They can be both a blessing or a curse to people, depending on how ...

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Takemikazuchi – The Japanese God of Swords

The kami gods of Shintoism are often born in strange ways and from objects and Takemikazuchi is a fine example of that. A god of storms and military ...

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Bishamonten (Vaisravana) – Japanese Mythology

East-Asian religions are fascinating not just on their own but because of their relationship with each other. Many deities and spirits flow from one ...

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Japanese Gods of War – A List

Japanese mythology is a captivating mixture of several different religions and cultures, including Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism. Nevertheless, the most ...

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