The Yamauba (山姥, Mountain Hag), also know as the Yamamba is a common bogey woman in children’s literature depicted in the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō.
You can see where these creatures dwell as the height the clouds are upon the mountains shows how high they are currently living on their slopes.
Noh Play – Yamauba
This 15th Century Noh Play called Yamauba depicts the creature as more akin to Mother Nature, describing them as being as old as the mountains themselves, bringing snow in Winter and blossoms in Spring.1
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- View the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō online here: Gazu Hyakki Yagyō Online.
1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: over Publications, Inc.
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