Saturday, April 4, 2015

D is for Daidarabotchi

Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.

Daidarabotchi was a creature from Japanese mythology that was said to be so huge, it looked like a mountain when it was sleeping. The creature was actually a "yokai," or a phatom-like spirit that roamed the earth.

This mythological spirit would create ponds and lakes from its footprints. It even took Mt. Fuji and Mt. Tsukuba in each of his hands to see which one was heavier. It accidentally dropped Mt. Tsukuba, which is why it consists of twin peaks today.

I'm not sure if the ancient Japanese people created the Daidarabotchi myth to explain mountains, lakes, and ponds, or if they threatened to send their kids off to this colossal beast if the children didn't behave. 

Creatures like Daidarabotchi are still evident today. For example, in the animated movie Princess Mononoke, a Daidarabotchi-like creature is featured. And you also can't forget Godzilla and all the other kaiju monsters in Japanese entertainment.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I remember the Yokai from when I lived in Japan. The Japanese have some great myths.

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Jay,
Interesting stuff. I can see how this would fit in with your genre of choice.

J.L. Campbell - A-Z Co-Host | The Character Depot

Anne Marie Schlueter said...

Oooh this is a new one for me! Thanks for sharing!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

So many mythical monsters were created to scare children it really makes you question mankind's parenting skills.

Patricia Lynne said...

That is a cool monster.

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Pat Hatt said...

Sounds like it could destroy the earth with a few gos

Spacerguy said...

Awesome looking dragon. Sometimes cartoons are even better than the real thing.

Haneen I. Adam said...

Is this thing in every folklore? I think the answer for your question is all the above.
"Haneen/I Will Never Give you Up (479)"

Sarah Foster said...

I love the idea of having a myth to explain the mountains and lakes.

Moonie said...

Makes you wonder where mythological creatures come from - I like the lake mountain theory. Wishing you a happy A to Z

Pat Dilloway said...

He sounds pretty badass.

djinnia said...

Cool yokai! That's one I never heard of before. Japanese myths are so interesting.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

The first thing I thought of was Princess Mononoke :) Such a beautiful movie!

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Sheena-kay Graham said...

Whether you say Kajun or Yokai they are very intriguing creatures.

Jo said...

That was a bit careless of him to drop the mountain. Glad he doesn't appear to be malevolent.

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