• About this Yokai •
NureOnna - 濡女 - the "Wet Woman"
A Serpentine yokai who live in deep bodies of water with the face of a beautiful woman, but the body of a 30ft long snake. (some have arms and claws while others simply do not have limbs at all.)
They prefer to use trickery to lure people towards the water's edge: often pretending to be in distress (drowning) or waiting by the shoreline washing her hair. Nure onna often uses a bundle disguised as a baby as a sort of lure. (a trick seen across many female yokai.) it's said to be sticky, hard to let go of, and weighs a person down. The Nure Onna will trap their victim, paralyzing them with their snakelike gaze & drinking all of their blood with her sharp forked tongue. - some accounts say that their tails are strong enough to snap a tree clean in half! - Occasionally a Nure onna team up with other local yokai & go on hunts: One frequent partner is the massive bull demon, Ushi-Oni, its often said that they 'belong to each other.'
Mine is based off the one that appears in Toriyama sekien's gazu hyakki yagyo, though nure onna as a yokai does appear in earlier picture scrolls.
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