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Kubikajiri: Headless Japanese Ghostie

Hey, sorry for neglecting you guys last week. I was in Amsterdam with Jolaine Incognito, who you might remember from Demon Hunting and Mummy Month fame. Internet was spotty at best, and there were beers to be drunk.

More about the trip later, since I’m so jetlagged right now you’re lucky you’re getting a demon, but let’s just say I brought home a couple of deities you’ll be interested in meeting…

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A graveyard in Tokyo. The boards behind the gr...

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Let’s say you happen to be walking in a Japanese graveyard late at night, and you smell fresh blood. No, someone didn’t leave their coffin open. You’ve just got your early warning of danger from the Kubikajiri, a Japanese ghost, or yurei (which means ‘faint soul’).

The Kubikajiri is a spirit who lost its head sometime in life (I’m guessing right about the end part), and wanders graveyards looking for a replacement among the living and the dead. None of the heads will do, unfortunately. So it eats them instead. I am not sure how this is accomplished, since it wouldn’t have a mouth.

I suspect the supernatural is involved.

Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yurei

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