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The creature is an oversized spider type of creature.
Historically this word was used to describe those who would not submit to Imperial Rule, these people portrayed as monsters and barbarians. It is more likely however, that they were merely people who prefered to live their own way of life.
It is said Minamoto no Yorimitsu killed one of these creatures. The 1781 Kabuki Play called Kumo no Hyōshimai (Dance of the Spider Woman) has a version of this tale where Yorimitsu encouters a beautiful woman, only to see later that her shadow is shaped like a spider.
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|Minamoto Yorimitsu and Tsuchigumo, Kuniyoshi Utagawa
- View the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki online here: Konjaku Online.
- View the Tsuchigumo no Sōshi Emaki online here: Tsuchigumo no Sōshi Emaki 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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