The Bakemono Zukushi scrolls look like they could be the monsters in an old-fashion comic book series and more importantly, they come from sometime in the 18th-19th century, a time referred to as the Edo Period.
The pictures were published by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies – Yokai Database and they make for quite the cool viewing.
Here’s a look at each of the scroll drawings:
Oyajirome (親白眼) our first creature is quite creepy with their cyclops eye and one-fingered hand. I’m not sure how he’s throw anything at his prey, but he could give one hell of a wet willy.
Daichiuchi (大地打) may carry a wallet but he/she could just as easily poke your eye out with their beak. I can see how this creature would freak someone from the 1800’s out, but the dress bottom leaves me with nothing but a smile on my face.
Dōmo-kōmo (どうもこうも) doesn’t carry a weapon, but you just know that a two headed creature with a really long tongue and green skin is up to no good.
Sara-hebi (さら蛇) has the head of a woman, which is fine, but snakes slither so shouldn’t there be scratches all over her face? Okay semantics, in any case the picture is creepy because of the lack of any other human characteristics.
Uma-shika (馬鹿) is a horned creature with hooves and a cyclops eye. It’s creepy, but how effective can a hoofed one eye-ed creature really be at killing. Plus, poking him in his protruding eye should render him useless.
Kami-kiri (“hair cutter” – 髪切) is known to sneak up on their prey and cut off their hair. Wait isn’t that what Johnny Knoxville and his Jackass crew do? I knew something was more wrong with those guys than meets the eye.
So there you have it the Bakemono Zukushi creature scrolls. Okay maybe they don’t creep us out as much today, but I can see how hundreds of years ago people without TVs, Movies and many books to read could be scared silly by these drawings.
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