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Gabi Greve One of the most curious forms of Suijin is said to manifest itself inside sewage water. Gabi Greve, a long-time resident of Japan: "When we remodeled our old Japanese farmhouse, we had to do something about the old toilet.
It was just a small pond in the ground, with two beams over it where you had to balance real hard while performing your job. The local carpenter decided to drain the sewage water, fill the hole up with earth, and level it with the rest of the ground.
About the size of a child aged 6 to 10, the Kappa is nonetheless incredibly strong.
It attacks horses, cattle, and humans, usually dragging its prey into the water, where, according to various legends, it feeds on their blood, or drains their life force, or pulls out their livers through their anuses, or sucks out their entrails, leaving nothing behind except a hollow gourd.
But before doing anything, we were informed, we had to pacify the Suijin-sama living in the bog.
With rice wine (Japanese sake) and purifying salt and a lot of mumbling prayers, the deity was informed that s/he was to be relocated to the wet rice paddies further down the hill.
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One of Many Japanese Suijin 水神 (Water Kami, Water Deity, Water Spirit, Water Fairy)ne of many Suijin 水神 (water kami, water deities) in Japanese mythology.
They are often depicted as a snake, a dragon, an eel, a fish, a turtle, or a kappa.Some believe the Kappa, who didn’t appear as a popular icon until much later in the Edo Period (1615-1868), is none other than the river deity Kawa no Kami Kawatarō (aka Kappa)Appeared in the Wakan Sansaizue,和漢三才図会, circa 1713, a 105-volume encyclopedia complied by Terajima Ryōuan 寺島良安.This drawing is considered to be Japan’s earliest illustration of a kappa. Kappa are Japanese flesh-eating water imps who live in rivers, lakes, ponds, and other watery realms.Not surprisingly, this ongoing mixture of traditions makes it difficult to identify the origins of these “syncretic” deities.This difficulty is compounded by the lack of Shintō artwork or written records prior to the 8th century.
The belief that water-gods or water-spirits appear in the form of dragons, who breed with mares and sire legendary horses, is widespread in Asia.