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The Shōkera (しょうけら) is a type of Yōkai depicted in the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō and Hyakkai Zukan. This humanoid creature is a physical manifestation from the use of this word in a chant from the Kōshin Religion. According to this religion, worms are said to live inside the body of a human and every 60 days they have to emerge to report our good and bad deeds to heaven. However, a person must be asleep for them to do so. The word Shōkera in the religious chant is to ensure that if a person should fall asleep on this specific night, the worms would remain inside a person body. This creature is the physical manifestation of the word used to ensure the worms cannot leave a persons body.1
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1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: over Publications, Inc.
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