Are these the bones of a water demon? ‘Remains’ of mythological Kappa to go on show in Japan
- The Kappa is a water demon from ancient folklore that is depicted as green and scaly with webbed feet and looks a little bit human
- Remains said to be those of this mythical creature are going on display in Miyakonojo, Japan
- Scientists have not confirmed that the bones are from what many believe to be the Kappa
- Some people think the stories actually refer to a type of giant salamander
- The Kappa is used by parents to scare children away from water
Just as British children have been brought up with scary stories about the Loch Ness Monster, Japanese people know all about the Kappa – a slippery water demon from ancient folklore.
The pond and river-dwelling monsters are typically depicted as human-like but with the scaly green or blue skin of a reptile and webbed feet.
But unlike the Loch Ness Monster, believers claim to have found ‘proof’ of the creature’s existence – and bones purporting to be from the Kappa are going on show in Japan.
Proof? Mummified remains (pictured) purporting to be from the Kappa – a scaly green water demon said to be around the same size as a child – are going on show in Japan
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