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Kappa - Small creatures more intelligent than the oni and not wholly evil. They can be placated by man and even have been known to impart skills, most notably is bone setting. Kappa resemble hairless monkeys with an indentation on the top of their heads. They are about the size of a 10 year old and are yellow green in color. They sometimes have scales or tortoise shell instead of skin. Kappa live in rivers, ponds, and lakes. They keep water in the indent on top of their heads if the water is spilled they lose their power. Kappa are vampires feeding off the blood through the anus. They can live on horse and cattle blood as well as human. A drowning victim found with a distended anus as well as unrecoved bodies were thought to be their victims. Kappas are also known for raping women. Kappas also have a liking for cucumbers and by inscribing a name and age on a cucumber and throwing into the body of water where a kappa lives a person can protect themselves from being a kappa victim. Despite all their bad habits kappas are strangely polite and completely trustworthy.
Kappa are probably the most recognizable of all Japanese mythological beings. More peculiar than frightening, kappa are generally water spirits who resemble a tortoise with a shell, green skin, a distinct beak, monkey-like limbs and a circle of water on the top of their heads that enables them to move out of water. Some stories speak of them as monsters who attack people and livestock, while others tell of kappa as water gods who protect their fresh water homes. Some legends also credit kappa as healers that taught humans the way of bone-setting.
Today, most kappa are depicted as cute creatures with an affinity for sumo wrestling and cucumbers. In fact, cucumber sushi is often called "kappa-maki".