Gashadokuro

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi, "Souma no furudairi (相馬の古内裏)" also known as "Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre". It is often confused with Gashadokuro, but is unrelated.

Gashadokuro, (がしゃどくろ) literally "starving skeleton" (also known as Odokuro) are mythical creatures in Japanese mythology.

Mythology[edit]

The Gashadokuro are giant skeletons that are fifteen times taller than an average person. If a Gashadokuro sees a human, it will grab them and attempt to bite its head off with its giant teeth to drink the spray of blood. Gashadokuro are created from gathering bones from people who have died of starvation. The only way a Gashadokuro can be detected before it appears is by hearing a ringing in one's ears. They are said to possess the powers of invisibility and indestructibility; though Shinto charms are said to ward them off.[1]

People who are being targeted by this mammoth-sized skeleton hear extremely loud bells ringing in their ears. Gashadokuro targets people when they are alone. It roams about after midnight.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The Gashadokuro (usually referred to as "Giant Skeleton") is portrayed in varying roles of significance throughout the Castlevania series.
  • In Hellboy: Sword of Storms, a Gashadokuro rises from the ground of a cemetery and rakes the ground to unleash many monsters on Hellboy.
  • In AdventureQuest Worlds, the Gashadokuro is featured as the forbidden Beast of Chaos called the O-Dokuro. Kitsune uses the Hanzamune Blade to free it from a time rift.
  • In Okamiden, there is a demon known as a Gashadokuro which resembles a humongous human skeleton with a fiery core and twin blades embedded in its stomach. There is also an armoured version which is much more powerful.
  • In the manga/anime series Inuyasha, Miroku and Sango fight a being that can control bones, a bone demon, that could possibly be a Gashadokuro.
  • In the manga/anime series, Inu x Boku SS, Roromiya Karuta is a Gashadokuro.
  • In the manga/anime series, Bleach, Zaraki Kenpachi is loosely based on the Gashadokuro.
  • In the PlayStation Vita game, Muramasa Rebirth's third DLC called the "A Spirited Seven Nights' Haunting" one of the bosses is a giant skeleton called Gashadokuro.

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