Tuesday, 2 April 2013

B is for...
Baku


The Baku is a benevolent creature from traditional Japanese folklore. It is said to resemble a great tapir with the body of a ox, the head of a lion, a snout like an elephants, and the paws of a tiger. 

In Japan is it  common belief that if you suffer from a bad dream then you will also suffer from bad luck for the rest of the day. To prevent this from happening the unfortunate dreamer can call upon the Baku to come and devour the nightmare and so rid them of their bad luck. This can be done before bed as a preventative measure with the use of charms, talismans, drawings, dolls or the name 'Baku' written on a piece of paper and kept under the pillow. However, the dream-eater can also be summoned after the nightmare by speaking the phrase "Devour them, O Baku."

The Baku is thought to not only eat the offending dream, but also the spirit who caused the dream - preventing further nightmares. However, if an uninvited Baku decides to have a nibble on your dreams then you could be seriously deprived of sleep, as it will eat all of the dreams, not only the bad ones. 

8 comments:

  1. Ooh I love mythological creatures, so I'm glad I've stumbled across your blog. (I have two books and both haven't covered this creature).

    Looking forward to more posts

    -Liv

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    1. Thank you :)

      Only one of my many, many books included this wonderful creature. The poor little guy definitely needs better publicity!

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  2. beautiful!
    and what a coincidence! a student told me about this creature just this morning!

    great to meet you!

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    1. What a great coincidence! I'm glad this wonderful creature is getting his name spread around :)

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  3. I love this! :) Cheers for folklore and magical creatures! Now I want a Baku doll...
    Happy A to Z! *fairy tale high five*

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    1. A Baku doll would be the most adorable thing! I'm very tempted to make myself one!

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  4. Lovely Jodie thank you! Myth legend fairy tale ... magic that stimulates the imagination ... looking forward to the 'C'.

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    1. Thank you. Glad you're enjoying them :)

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