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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.

In Japanese folklore, Gashadokuro, (がしゃどくろ) literally "starving skeleton" (also known as Odokuro), 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]

  • In the Super Sentai series Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, Gasha Dokuro is one of the main villains whom is described as cold, calm, ruthless and calculating. He appears in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers, and Power Rangers Zeo as "Rito Revolto".
  • In Chrono Trigger, there is a Gashadokuro boss called "Zombor".
  • 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 Goemon's Great Adventure, a Gashadokuro is encountered in an early level while on a bridge.
  • In the Studio Ghibli movie Pom Poko, the monster parade scene features a Gashadokuro.
  • 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.

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