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   Chapter 45 Gashadokuro

Creepy Japanese Urban Legends By SchoolRainbow Characters: 4329

Updated: 2018-09-10 21:01

You're walking around the countryside by yourself. As you tread along the fields, you find yourself looking up into the night sky at all of the stars. Without warning, you hear a loud ringing sound that is almost deafening. It echoes through your head for what seems to be an eternity, but then you look up and realize that the ringing is the least of your worries. Through the moonlight, you see a gigantic figure suddenly appear from thin air in front of you. It is roughly ninety feet tall and stares at you, gnashing its teeth with an insatiable thirst for blood. The beast crouches down and reaches out to you, its bony finger ready to snatch you and make you its next meal.

What would you do? Run? Scream? Fight? According to the legends, there's not much that can save you from the grips of a Gashadokuro.

Stemming from Japanese folklore, a Gashadokuro is a powerful yōkai that takes the form of a huge skeleton. These skeletons are extremely tall, typically being fifteen times taller than the average human. Their name comes from the Japanese term for "giant skeleton", along with the "gachi gachi" sound they make whenever they grind their teeth together.

Gashadokuro are created from the bones of people that have died from either starvation during a famine or being killed durin

ey aren't going to get much of a reward for their courage- Gashadokuro are practically indestructible until their hatred and energy is burned out. When that happens, they fall apart and return to being a normal pile of bones.

Fortunately, because of how the days have changed, there aren't as many soldiers and starvation victims as there were in the past. Along with this, burials are given frequently to people that have passed away during battles and famine. Since a Gashadokuro needs many bones from restless spirits in order to maintain their form, the possibility of one manifesting in modern time has become extremely rare due to these circumstances.

They have been referenced to in many shows, books, and Japanese folklore. This includes Yo-Kai Watch, Kubo and the Two Strings, Pom Poko, Nurarihyon No Mago (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan), and more.

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