Saturday, December 22, 2018

New Characters and Monsters

The creature at the top is a version of the Baku, a monster from the folklore of Japan and China.  It is a bear-like apparition with a short trunk.  It's thought to be an early explanation of tapirs, which do occur in Malaysia.  In China, it was seen as a guardian against evil spirits.  When it reached Japan, it also gained the ability of gobbling up bad dreams.