Tenjo kudari - 天井下 - “Ceiling Hanger”
An ugly Yokai that pops out and hangs down from the ceiling of old homes in an attempt to terrify the unsuspecting. - Attics & crawl spaces are a spooky place: Ceiling mould, holes and mysterious wet spots would indicate yokais presecne (or other suspicious activity) - the result of people gossiping about bodies & corpses being hidden in the crawl spaces of old/abandoned places.
•History & Early appearances•
This yokai originally appears in Gazu Hyakki Yagyo (1776) and seems to be Toriyama Sekien doing a silly nod towards those dark rumors. (But, there are actually a few other yokai which brush up on this topic as well! )
See also: Tenjōname
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