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By Richard Freeman

Every person has heard of vampires and werewolves, yet what percentage have heard of the rokuro-kubi, the tsuchinoki or the sagari? Japan has a wealth of ghosts and monsters, jointly known as yokai, that are completely unknown within the West. the weird and lovely folklore of Japan contains immense corpse-eating rabbits, flaming pigs that thieve human genitals, perverse water goblins, blood sucking bushes, a dragon that impregnates girls, cats who animate lifeless our bodies, a zombie whale and a tremendous flesh consuming sea cucumber that grows from a couple of discarded knickers!

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The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia

All people has heard of vampires and werewolves, yet what percentage have heard of the rokuro-kubi, the tsuchinoki or the sagari? Japan has a wealth of ghosts and monsters, jointly known as yokai, that are absolutely unknown within the West. the unusual and beautiful folklore of Japan comprises large corpse-eating rabbits, flaming pigs that scouse borrow human genitals, perverse water goblins, blood sucking timber, a dragon that impregnates girls, cats who animate lifeless our bodies, a zombie whale and an immense flesh consuming sea cucumber that grows from a couple of discarded knickers!

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He would take some of them to his mother to show her he had really visited the home of the Great Birds. Bat Woman hid from him the fact that she had lost the soft feathers, by keeping her basket closed. Older Brother turned south to begin his long journey home but looked back to see Bat Woman wending her way home on a dim path that led through a dry lake bed which was overgrown with yellow flowers. He warned her not to go through the bushes which had grown on the old lake bed, but she pretended not to hear him and continued on her way.

The logic of those winds seems to have prompted evolution to make a few alterations in the master plan; recently, biologists have concluded that camels, strange creatures to begin with, evolved so that, standing, they can clear the sand-laden zone of air, which goes up only to about six feet, slightly lower than the average camel's height. Other creatures, such as the antelope-like saiga of Central Asia and certain kinds of desert hares, have filtering tissues surrounding their respiratory tracts that give them the same adaptive advantage.

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