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  Talk:Kappa (mythology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Evan1975 recently reworded part of the article to make it sound like kappa were invented by adults to scare children away from places they might drown.
They are however, portrayed as kappa in the translation, so it would probably be in order to at least mention this in the article.
Kappa is also the Japanese word for raincoat, taken from the little beasie itself.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk:Kappa_(mythical_creature)   (666 words)

 Kappa (mythology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kappa are also said to be afraid of fire, and some villages hold fireworks festivals each year to scare the spirits away.
Japanese parents sometimes write the names of their children (or themselves) on cucumbers and toss them into kappa-infested waters in order to mollify the creatures and allow the family to bathe.
The name "kappa" may be derived from the term for "robe" used by the Portuguese monks who arrived in Japan in the 16th century; they called this garment a capa, and the monks' appearance is not unlike that of the similarly named Japanese sprites, from the loose, shell-like cloaks to the tonsured hair.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Kappa_(mythical_creature)   (1381 words)

 AAS Abstracts: Japan Session 55   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Recently, however, folklore scholarship has been changing: rather than focusing on the text, and attempting to trace its historical origins, folklorists have been seeking to understand the role played by an item of folklore for the living folk group in which the item exists.
The kappa is a mischievous water goblin of Japanese folklore; versions of the kappa belief and the legends and folktales associated with it are found throughout Japan.
In particular it might be valuable to probe the borders between folklore and folklorism (essentially the appropriation of folklore for commercial and other purposes).
www.aasianst.org /absts/1997abst/japan/j55.htm   (981 words)

 Kappa (mythical creature)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Kappa are also said to afraid of fire and some villages hold fireworks festivals each year to scare the away.
Japanese parents write the names of their children (or on cucumbers and toss them into kappa-infested in order to mollify the creatures and the family to bathe.
The name "kappa" may be from the term for "robe" used by Portuguese monks who arrived in Japan in the 16th century ; they called this garment a capa and the monks' appearance is not that of the similarly named Japanese sprites the loose shell-like cloaks to the tonsured hair.
www.freeglossary.com /Kappa_(Japanese_folklore)   (1128 words)

 [EK] FUR:"Kappa"
Kappa have been featured in literary satires, children's books, advertising, and tourist souvenirs, especially on the western island of Kyushu, where kappa lore is particularly strong.
Kappa are also lustful; one legend tells of a kappa who hid in the latrine of a samurai's wife in order to touch her buttocks.
Kappa will always keep their promises, though they will try to find loopholes in them." it's my personal theory that the Kool-Aid man is a brash American variant of the kappa myth, though he prefers corn syrup to cucumbers and applying his great strength to property damage over wrestling.
www.furry.org.au /pipermail/eselkunst/2003-March/000253.html   (614 words)

 Kappa - River Imp (Kami) in Japanese Shinto
Kappa smell like fish and are generally portrayed with the body of a tortoise, ape-like head, scaly limbs, long hair circling the skull, webbed feet and hands, and yellow-green skin.
To his surprise, a kappa, the size of a 6-7 year old boy was dragging the horse by its hind legs into the river.
The symbol of Jozankei Valley is the Kappa, the water sprite.
www.onmarkproductions.com /html/kappa.shtml   (4177 words)

 Usagi Yojimbo Dojo - FAQ: Questions about myths and monsters of Japan
Japanese folklore is something that would be fun sometime to have you explore in Usagi, the whole rich tradition of myth and demonology and stuff that's in Japanese folklore.
Japanese folklore took the art of invisibility literally and imbued the ninja with magical powers such as transformation, weather manipulation, and, of course, invisibility.
It is a trickster in Japanese folktales, though it does have a very dark side, as in the story of "The Tanuki and the Rabbit," in which it tricks a man into eating his wife for supper (a friendly rabbit gets revenge for them).
www.usagiyojimbo.com /intro/faq/faq_mm.html   (1878 words)

 Neat Stuff From Japan
Kappa are members of the Suijin group of Japanese Shinto (native religion of Japan) water deities which include enchanted serpents, fish and freshwater eels.
Japanese folklore advises us to bow deeply when we encounter a Kappa on dry land, as the creatures do appreciate good manners (though they may be scheming to kill you) and will likely bow in return, spilling their strength-giving fluid in the process.
This kappa was spotted on a Japanese game show in which guests tried to catch a velcro kappa had on their heads.
www.neatstufffromjapan.com /features/about_japan/kappa/kappa.htm   (672 words)

 Kappa - WikiFur   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Pictures usually show kappa with thick turtle shells and scaly skin that ranges in color from green to yellow or blue.
Embedded in popular folklore as they are, Kappa are popular figures in modern times on Japanese animation, children's toys, and literature.
In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, the Ninja Turtles tend to be confused with Kappa during their time travels to Japan's feudal era.
furry.wikia.com /wiki/Kappa   (1093 words)

 Deep North Gothic
For the Japanese who developed their culture on the basis of agriculture, it was the Ainu hunters who seemed the radical Others; the "Yamabito" in Tono were men who lived in the mountains.
This point is demonstrated in the third legend representing a rape narrative involving the "kappa," a repulsive frog-like humanoid with a water-filled depression in his or her skull.
At this point, the very origin of Japanese folkloric discourse, which Yanagita believed to be antithetical and "antidotal" to modern westernization, turns out to have already been one of the effects of the western Orientalism cherished by Lafcadio Hearn.
www.uri.edu /artsci/english/clf/n5_a1.html   (4458 words)

In Japanese Shinto-religion, they are water spirits who pull little children into the water and drown them, and attack and fight travelers.
The Kappas feed themselves with cucumbers and blood, and use cucumbers to travel on them; these cucumbers fly like dragonflies.
Kappas are very intelligent and can be propitiated by humans.
www.pantheon.org /articles/k/kappa.html   (115 words)

 Kappa - Akutagawa Ryunosuke
Kappa is presented as the first-person account of a madman, Patient No. 23, as transcribed by the author (who provides a brief explanatory note).
The story the man tells is of winding up in 'Kappaland', a whole different world into which he fell as he chased a Kappa while on a mountain-climbing excursion.
The average Kappa is about three feet and weighs twenty to thirty pounds.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/akutagawa/kappa.htm   (399 words)

 Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture - Godzilla Conquers the Globe: Japanese Movie Monsters in International Film ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
For Japanese of Hokusai's day, a baboon was no less fantastic a creature than a dragon or a mermaid, being known chiefly from continental sources.
Mitford had acquired his knowledge of Japanese folklore while serving as attaché to the British delegation in Japan between 1866 and 1870, where he witnessed the dissolution of the Tokugawa shogunate and founding of a modern nation-state.
In Japanese folk art, badgers, who, like their fox cousins, are tricksters capable of metamorphosing into humans, are typically depicted with enormous testicles, a detail that the Soviet artist has chosen to forego.
www.columbia.edu /cu/ealac/dkc/calendar/godzilla/godzilla_exhibition_2.html   (4675 words)

A kappa is a creature of Japanese folklore.
A kappa is about the same size as the typical five-year-old child, with fins on its hands and feet, and a long snout resembling a beak.
The creatures wear a dish of water on the top of their heads, and they lose their supernatural powers if this dish is spilt or otherwise emptied.
www.japanese123.com /kappa.htm   (141 words)

 | jetaa - northern california |
Peopled with creatures from Japanese folklore, Kappaland serves as a vehicle for the humorous examination of the moral foibles of Japanese society in the early 20th century.
Kappa is told in the first person from the perspective of an institutionalized madman, identified only as Patient No. 23.
Kappa is a striking work from the disturbed though brilliant mind of one of Meiji-era Japan’s most prominent intellectuals.
www.jetaanc.org /events/2006_bookclub_April.htm   (606 words)

 Kat Avila.com
Kaminari is the Japanese word for "thunder," but it is also the name of the god who releases lightning and thunder from the sky by hitting a set of specialized drums.
The scale-covered kappa is a mischievous three-foot-tall creature that inhabits the rivers of Japan.
When the full moon is in the sky, the Japanese see an usagi pounding steamed rice, making mochi (rice cakes) with a wooden mortar and mallet, not the man in the moon the Western world sees.
www.katavila.com /asia/jfolkcreatures.htm   (792 words)

 Amazon.ca: Kappa: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Akutagawa's mental state when writing "Kappa" is important background, and the paperback edition comes with an extensive mini-biography of the famous author that is almost the size of the story itself.
Kappa was ages ahead of its time especially considering the society in which Akutagawa was living in.
The Kappa society is an equitable representation of the human society with the same set of problems but different set of solutions.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0837130646   (780 words)

 Maroon News - Japanese Horror Movies Reflections of Cultural Folklore
Though it may seem that Japanese horror movies have only recently started crawling into TV sets, or should I say out of TV sets across the U.S., The Ring and The Grudge are only the tip of the iceberg for the emergence of Japanese horror films.
Japanese horror movies are not about the amount of blood and gore splashed on screen, but rather the psychological makeup of the story.
Japanese ghost stories are passed down from generation to generation, not so much for the sake of tradition, but rather because of the plain truth that they scare people.
www.maroon-news.com /home/index.cfm?event=displayArticlePrinterFriendly&uStory_id=12277016-7aba-4fb0-96a0-c17a10036e73   (763 words)

 Japanese folklore in videogames? - Outpost Nine Forums
Incidently, the Pokemon "Ninetails" Japanese name, "kyuukon", is a pun- "kyuu" means "nine", and "kon" refers both to "tail" as well as the sound that a fox makes.
Also for Pokemon examples, Golduck is said to resemble a kappa, an aquatic Japanese monster known for its bowl-shaped head.
Also, Ho-oh (Houou in the Japanese) is the Japanese word for phoenix.
www.outpostnine.com /forum/showthread.php?t=1726   (1520 words)

 japanese mythology tengu (japanese mythorogy tengu) information.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
I have always been interested in Japanese mythology and had recently been researching the subject of tengu, which means "heavenly dogs", for an upcoming..
Tengu - The Japanese Buddhist and Shinto Slayer of Vanity.
The Monkey in Japanese Mythology and The Dragon in Japanese Mythology..
www.technik-bu.ru /j/japanese_mythology_tengu.html   (222 words)

 TF Seeker's Sightings - The Furcyclopedia Transformica - Japanese Terms -
Kappas art sometimes used as a morph in Japanese art, where a character is being turned into one.
A type of Japanese demon that appears as normal person (generally female) but have the ability to stretch their necks out to impossibly long lengths to scare or spy on people.
A Japanese art style where a mainstream character of Anime or Manga is portrayed with small limbs, a stubby body and a large head.
tfseeker.tfcentral.com /D-FT/AJapan.html   (1276 words)

 Japanese Buddhism Photo Dictionary - Terminolgy for Buddha and Other Key Concepts
In Japan, where Mahayana teachings are widely practiced, groupings of six statues of Jizo Bosatsu are quite common, one for each of the six realms.
In the Tantric traditions of Tibet, the Wheel of Life on Tibetan Tankas depicts the six realms with great graphic detail -- the wheel is traditionally clutched in the hands of Yama, the Lord of Death, and shows images of hell, torture, war, human life, divine spirits, and other detailed iconography.
This blending process began in late 7th century, with the Shinto kami considered as suijaku 垂迹 (local Japanese manifestations) of the honjibutsu 本地仏 (universal Buddhist deities).
www.onmarkproductions.com /html/terminology.shtml   (2611 words)

 Yokai - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Yōkai (Often spelled Youkai, Japanese: 妖怪) ("apparitions", "spirits" or "demons") are class of creatures in Japanese folklore ranging from the evil oni to the mischievous kitsune.
Yōkai are generally more powerful than human beings, and because of this, they tend to act arrogantly towards mortals.
On the other hand, it is also used in a stricter sense to refer only to the natural, earthly beings of traditional Japanese folklore.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/Yokai   (493 words)

 Japanese Menu Names
Translated literally, some oshinagaki, or Japanese restaurant menus, could be mistaken for poetry, especially those that are penned in flowing brush strokes on gossamer rice paper scrolls.
In Japanese folklore, two creatures, foxes (kitsune) and badgers (tanuki), have been known for their deceitful ways.
Because of this association of foxes, bean curd, and Inari shrines, the slightly sweet, soy-simmered, fried bean curd pouches that are stuffed with vinegared rice are known as inari-zushi.
www.bento.com /taste/tc-name.html   (1165 words)

 Trickster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In mythology, and in the study of folklore and religion, a trickster is a god, goddess, spirit, human hero or anthropomorphic animal who plays pranks or otherwise disobeys normal rules and norms of behaviour.
In later folklore, the trickster is incarnated as a clever, mischievous man or creature, who tries to survive the dangers and challenges of the world using trickery and deceit as a defense.
For example many typical fairy tales have the King who wants to find the best groom for his daughter by ordering several trials.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Trickster   (627 words)

The Kappa is a creature from Japanese folklore described as a scaly, child-sized being with a face like a tiger and a sharp, pointed beak.
In the hands of RyunosukeAkutagawa, one man’s journey to ‘Kappaland’ becomes the vehicle for a critique of Japanese life and customs in the tradition of Swift and Kafka.
A perfectly formed gem from the pen of one of Japan’s most important modern writers, Kappa is at once a fable, a comedy and a brilliant satire.
www.peterowen.com /pages/modclas/kappa.htm   (245 words)

 Haiku and Beyond:   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Folklore reflects a universal heritage of mankind, but Japanese folktales are not well known.
Talk about the term folklore as the traditions and customs of a group of people that are orally transmitted through the ages.
Have students use their graphic organizer to compare and contrast the folktales they have heard in order to get a feeling for the style, content and the characters that are common in a traditional piece of Japanese folklore.
www.smith.edu /fcceas/curriculum/stokely.htm   (3240 words)

 Amazon.com: Kappa: Books: Ryunosuke Akutagawa,G. H. Healey,Geoffrey Bownas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Even though nearly 80 years have passed since Kappa was written, the people and subjects that Akutagawa impales with his pen (religion, capitalism, literature, abortion, heredity, etc.) are no less pressing today, making Kappa nearly as easy to analyze and enjoy now as when it was written.
Reading Kappa, I am reminded of the great shame it is that the world lost as brilliant a writer as Akutagawa at such a young age.
Even though it's basically a satire of Japanese society from the first half of 20th century, most of its themes, admonitions and ridicules are still quite valid today.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/080483251X?v=glance   (1381 words)

Kappa (ʊÁ´•) are mythical creatures, water imps found in Japanese folklore, but have also been said to be a part of cryptozoology, due to apparent sightings.
In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, the title characters are confused with Kappa during their time travels to Japan's feudal era.
Kappa here is a homophone, but the homophony is exploited [1]
www.sfcrowsnest.com /scifinder/a/Kappa_28mythical_creature29.php   (1181 words)

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