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File:Ōnyūdō.jpg
ōnyūdō in ‘Yokai Jiten’

The ōnyūdō (lit. "large monk") appears in numerous Japanese folk tales.

Description

Onyūdō appearance varies from story to story, but he is always big, ranging anywhere from 2 meters (6 ft 6 in) tall to as large as a mountain. Some stories describe him as a fox or tanuki (raccoon dog) that has shape-shifted, but in most stories his true identity is a mystery.

Behavior

In most cases, the ōnyūdō is a malevolent figure that can cause people to fall ill simply by looking at them.