Hyōsube

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Hyōsube(Japanese: 兵主部 or ひょうすべ) is a child-sized river monster from Kyūshū that lives in underwater caves. It prefers to come out at night and loves to eat eggplants. It is a cousin of the supernatural yōkai in kappa folklore.[1]

Origin[edit]

Hyōsube (Japanese: へうすべ) from Bakemono no e (Chinese: 化物之繪, c. 1700), Harry F. Bruning Collection of Japanese Books and Manuscripts, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.

Hyōsube were dolls that were brought to life by a magician and used to build a shrine. After the shrine was finished they were dumped in a river. They were believed to be named after Hyōbu-taifu.[2] They are found generally in Saga and Miyazaki prefectures in Kyushu.[3]

Description[edit]

Hyōsube are small creatures with hairy bodies and bald heads,[4] sharp teeth, and long claws.[1] They live in rivers but like to come out at night and get into people's bathtubs. Once they are done using the bathtubs, they leave them smelly and covered in greasy hair.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Hyōsube – Yokai.com". Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  2. ^ Staggs, Matt (2017-06-24). "Japandemonium Illustrated: Meet 5 of Japan's Weird, Wonderful Yōkai". Unbound Worlds. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  3. ^ 1965-, Foster, Michael Dylan,. The book of yōkai : mysterious creatures of Japanese folklore. Berkeley. ISBN 9780520959125. OCLC 893735854.
  4. ^ 1965-, Foster, Michael Dylan,. The book of yōkai : mysterious creatures of Japanese folklore. Berkeley. ISBN 9780520959125. OCLC 893735854.