He is also heard to say the phrase “ta kaese! ta kaese!” (Till my paddy). This phrase is also a homonym for ‘give back my paddy.’
The creatures is said to have appeared following certain events. An old man worked a rice paddy he had bought in the north and he worked the paddy no matter the weather. After passing his family abondoned farming for sake. Whe the plot was sold to someone else this creature appeared.
The inclusion of him having only three fingers is to show its inhumaness but also the ‘3 poisons’ which are considered the root of all suffering in the Buddhist faith, these being jealousy, hatred and delusion.1
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1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.
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