One of the most popular things in Japanese mythology is yokai. The famous spirits and creatures that inhabit the earth along with us. There are thousands of them, and in this article we are going to talk about the Tsuchinoko [槌の子].
In Japanese folklore, the Tsuchinoko is a snake-like being. His name can be literally translated as “son of the hammer” or “son of dirt”. This name, "tsuchinoko" is prevalent in Western Japan, including Kansai and Shikoku.
In the northeast region of Japan, this name is no longer applicable. In this region, this creature is known as bachi hebi. The nomenclature may be different, but the creature is the same. So let's stop talking about names and start talking about the creature itself.
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What is a Tsuchinoko like?
Tsuchinoko is described as being 30 to 80 centimeters long and very snake-like. However, it has a central circumference that is much wider than its head or tail. Yes, we can compare this appearance to a snake when it eats something big and gets bloated.
Additionally, the Tsuchinoko has fangs and venom similar to those of vipers. Some accounts also describe the tsuchinoko as being able to jump up to 1 meter away. And it doesn't stop there, he still has the ability to take another leap while he's still in the air.
According to legend, some tsuchinoko have the ability to speak and a penchant for lying. They also have a taste for alcohol. Legend records that the Tsuchinoko sometimes swallows its own tail, thus managing to turn like a wheel.
Quite peculiar things packed into a creature just a few inches long.
Have you ever seen a Tsuchinoko?
This is a question that is very difficult to answer positively. After all, this is a yokai, a creature from Japanese folklore. But it's pretty easy to mistake a snake bloated with food for this creature. Maybe that's where the rumors about these beings being seen come from.
But seriously, we have a lot of interesting creatures in Japanese folklore. And it's always good to learn more about them, you're never bored about it. And as has been said before, we have other articles here on the site that talk about other yokais.
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