In Japanese folklore, one of the most recognized yokai is the Kappa. Legends described this entity with the face of a monkey with the beak of a turtle and the top of his head has a plate-shaped depression. The Kappa has green, reptilian skin and often has a turtle shell on his back. Many myths mention this yokai has webbed hands and feet along with the ability to elongate its arms and legs
Cryptids are creatures not recognized by the scientific community or thought extincted, but believed to still exist today. Loch Ness, the ahool, the altamaha-ha and the grootslang are some examples of such beast. Among other reported cryptids are humanoids that resemble humans in anatomy. These creatures have two eyes, opposable thumbs, able to walk upright, and in some cases possessed a human like intelligence. Bigfoot, Mothman, Skunk Ape and the GoatMan are well-known cryptids within this category along with an infamous one called the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp.
In 1764, a monstrous, wolf-like beast terrorized the people of Gévaudan, slaying dozen of the local inhabitants. Over the years, the creature’s identity remains uncertain with researchers proposing theories ranging from a pack to wolves to a hyena and even a few daring to suggest a werewolf. The following YouTube video, produced by Crypticc, goes into more detail about the Beast of Gevaudan.
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In Japan, yokai is a general term given to demons, monsters, and spirits mentioned within folklore. In some of the legends, these supernatural entities were once in life human, an animal or even an ordinary household item. Several yokai born resulted from the anger and hatred creatures felt for the mistreatment at the hands of humans. Even abused household pets may transform into a malevolent force that terrorize former owners such as the nekomata.
Over the years, I read many Japanese legends about creatures called yokai. They are the monsters, ghosts, demons, and other supernatural entities believed lurking within the shadows. Japan holds some of the darkest and twisted folklore in the world along with the most bizarre beings. I thought by now I learn nearly all the aberrant yokai of myth, until recently reading about the Nuppeppo.