This creature was the smoke cast from fire to repel mosquitos away from the house of a poor man.
The ‘En’ uses the kanji for smoke, with ‘Ra’ using the an archaic term for the gauze-like cloth used for kimono in the summer. This implies the smoke is thin as the poor man did not have much wood to burn.1
- View the book online here: Konjaku Hyakki Shūi Online.
1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.
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