Every culture on Earth is fraught with devious entities that have been wreaking havoc since the advent of storytelling. Monsters, demons, apparitions, specters, and ghosts serve multiple purposes in the structure of a culture. Many tales of these devious beings have been carefully crafted to teach valuable lessons…or just scare the everloving shit out of you.
The Yamasei is watching you.
Asia boasts the most impressive array of bizarre entities that have been carefully woven into their culture. These entities have survived the test of time mostly in part due to human beings natural fascination with the strange, macabre, and unusual.
Our first contender is a strange affliction based creature of Japanese Mythology known as the Futakuchi-onna (The two-mouthed woman).
The Futakuchi-onna is a woman that is afflicted by a deviant second mouth sprouting on the back of their head. There are multiple variations of the reasons a woman might sprout such an abomination on the back of her head. The most common cause of this affliction being the amount of food a woman ingests.
She seems rather happy.
Eating very small quantities of food can cause a woman to be cursed by this beast. Other causes revolve around mothers who starve their children and a curious tale of a husband accidentally chopping the back of his wife’s head with an axe.
Time to rethink that diet.
Regardless of the cause, the second mouth shares the same characteristics in each variation of the creatures origin. The deviant mouth screeches obsecenties for food and controls the woman’s hair as tentacles trying ro saitiate its immense hunger by stuffing itself with food against the cursed woman’s control.
Hailing from Southeast Asia is the malevolent ghost known as the Krasue/Penanggalan.
The Krasue is a curious beast that by day takes the form of a beautiful woman. However, by night this cursed woman’s head and internal organs detach themselves from her body and essentially float away on the prowl. It is said that those who dabble in forms of black magic or those who murder another can be cursed and transformed into this beast.
I mean…worse things could happen to you.
The Krasue has the insaitable urge to consume blood, flesh, and the ocasional fetus. This creature has made a hobby out of hunting pregnant women in search of is coveted meal consisting of fresh fetus. It is imperative that family members bury the placenta far away after the birth of a new baby in order not to attract a hungry Krasue.
Maybe it’s just me, but she still seems pretty cute.
The Krasue can be killed quite a few ways. When the Krasue detaches and sets out on the quest for blood, flesh, and fetus the body it left behind can be crushed to kill the malevolent beast. The body can also be hidden from the creature so that the Krasue will not be able to reattach itself by sunrise and die. If you encounter said beast it can be defeated by cutting the intestines off of its vicious floating head.
Our last monster is of a familiar nature with a unique twist, hailing from China is the Jiang Shi (Hopping Corpse).
The Jiang Shi is the Chinese version of a Vampire. Unlike Vampires from other parts of the world, there are multiple ways a person can become a Jiang Shi. Some of these ways include being prematurely buried, the corpse of the deceased absorbing qi (life essence), possession of the corpse, being infected by another Jiang Shi, and failure of the corpse to decay due to natural anomalies amongst other causes. Jiang Shi can appear as the recently dead to decayed rotting zombie-esque beings.
An equally famous and cute Hopping Corpse.
What makes this creature incredibly unique is that the Jiang Shi is unable to walk and hops instead. With arms outstretched forward the Jiang Shi also known as the Hopping Corpse hops around in search of prey. Life essence known as qi is what the Jiang Shi desires as opposed to blood.
They don’t sparkle.
Unlike western Vampires, the Jiang Shi can be defeated by many different methods. A mirror is a common method to dispatch a Jiang Shi due to its fear of seeing its own reflection. Such bizarre methods as vinegar and a rooster’s call can drive the beast away. Items such as a broom, axe, or handbell also have a negative effect on the Jiang Shi.
Fun Fact #1: Once owned a genuine shrunken head passed down via her Grandpapa from Ecuador until her mother quote on quote “didn’t want that disgusting thing in our home anymore”. The family heirloom made its fated journey to the home of the uncle known as George, who then donated said shrunken head to the Museum of Natural History in New York City. Countless times Loup L'Orange has wandered through the halls of the museum looking for her lost heirloom but has yet to find it. She realizes that the donated shrunken head has probably found a permanent home in museum storage; this is a fact that saddens her immensely. One day they will meet again.
Fun Fact #2: Loup L'Orange is severely allergic to nickel.
Fun Fact #3: Loup L'Orange suffers from multiple autoimmune diseases, otherwise known as her mutant ability.