Posts Tagged ‘Raccoon’

In Japanese folklore the faceless ghost is usually known for frightening humans, but seem to be relatively harmless. The creature appears human, but this is an illusion, the faceless ghost has no eyes, nost or mouth, just smooth skin. Often the victim will speak to them for sometimes not realising until the Noppera-bo chooses to reveal it’s true nature. This naturally scares the witness who are often caught out by them on dark rural roads, sometimes they are mistakenly identified as mujina, which are thought to be badgers or raccoon dogs. Mujina are, in folklore, demons/yokai that shapeshift into the animals to deceive humans or take the form of attractive women and cause trouble in relationships. I’ve mentioned them in a basic intertwined way here for the sake of a coffee read.

One story of the legend is that a fisherman went to go fish at the Imperial Koi Ponds, near the Heian-Kyo palace, despite the fact his wife asked the he would not. The ponds were near a graveyard and considered to be sacred. He was also warmed by another fisherman, but being lazy and possibly arrogant he carried on.

At the spot a beautiful young girl tries to tell him not to fish (come on wife, fisherman, sexy lady? Take the hint!) but again he ignores the request. The beautiful woman then wipes off her face and the man rushes home in a panic. His wife is there, who confronts him, telling him off about his wickedness before she then wipes away her features too.

Perhaps this was the original slenderman and his story is an adaptation of this. A modernisation of an already fascinating tale.

Another modernisation of the tale is that of the animated film Spirited Away, the Japanese film features a creature “no face”. It is a 2001 one film, about coming of age and has been widely accepted as a wonderful piece, I admit I have seen it and highly enjoyed it. In the anime it is capable of responding to emotions and also ingesting people to gain their personality and their physical traits. By the end of the film this strange entity accepts an apprenticeship to stay on as an apprentice, this doesn’t seem to match the above but it seems like quite a lovely end to the fantasy story in the film itself.

May 19th, 1959 a reporter called Bob Krauss for the Honolulu Advertiser reported on a sighting of a mujina at the Waialae Drive-In Theatre, Kahala. A woman was combing her hair in the women’s restroom and someone came up beside her, the witness at the time said that the mujina turned around to show the featureless face. The witness was said to be taken to the hospital for a mental breakdown but the story didn’t end there. An Hawaiian historian, folklorist, and author called Glen Grant did a radio interview in 1981 and called it out as a hoax but someone called into the show saying that they were that witness and proceeded to tell them something omitted by the article, that the woman had red hair.

Slenderman – Courtesy of Princekarr – Deviantart.

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This strange beast goes under many names, referring to a beast/animal that was photographed near Cerro Azul, Panama, in September 2009. The creature was reported having reputedly been killed by a group of teenagers and the pictures taken of the corpse were then sent to the Panama television station, Telemetro. The creature was then circulated via the good old power of the media, suggestions about what it was included a hairless sloth, a new creature or an alien species.

In the end the parts of it that could be found were biopsied by the National Environmental Authority of Panama. The conclusion was that the creature was a brown-throated sloth. It had an odd appearance that had been caused by underwater decomposition and that had resulted in the hair-loss. Satisfied they had solved the mystery the remains were buried.

A similar story to this was the Montauk Monster, New York area in July 2008. Again the story captured interest and eventually it was a 2009 episode of Monster Quest that decided it was most likely the remains of a racoon.

I keep looking for news on new and interesting creates, but these two sadly show that often it is a lack of our knowledge about nature and not a cryptid or alien being.

Raccoon climbing in tree - Cropped and color corrected.jpg
By David Menkehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Raccoon_climbing_in_tree.jpg, Public Domain, Link