Onmoraki (陰摩羅鬼 – Shadow Demon) is a type of Yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki by Toriyama Sekien. This particular creature is said to take the appearance of a crane with a black body and glowing eyes. When it flaps its wings it is known to give out a startling cry.
Additionally, Buddhist beliefs say that this creature can appear after a dead corpse transforms into the Onmoraki.
A story relating to this belief can be found in the Qing Zun Lu, or the Seisonroku as it is known in Japanese. The stories goes that a man by the name of Sai Shifuku is awakened in his temple one night by a strange beast who chases him. However, the creature disappears when he looks back over his shouder. Other local monks blame this creatures appearance on the dead corpse within their temple.
- View the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki online here: Konjaku 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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