Thursday, December 28, 2006

Vampire cat of Nabeshima

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Also known as Bakeneko or Nekomata- "Nekomata" means forked cat in japanese. These big cats are shape-shifting demons much like the fox and Tanuki (japanese racoon), who also like to take on the form of humans which allow them to get close to their victims. What the Nekomata then does is suck the blood out of the humans and then as in the story of the above title, they take on the form of the victim and then attack another house member. Many japanese folk lores include animals endowed with a variety of abillities, shape-shifting being the most common attribute. The pairing of nocturnal creatures and fantastical powers would as much serve to tell colourful tales of morality and horror as to remind the listeners of nature's mystery.

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