Amabiko [あまびこ] and the Amabie [アマビエ]

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Area(s) Reported: Japan
Date(s) Reported: ca. 1603~1876

When the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic struck in 2020, the Kyoto University Library re-introduced the world to the Amabie [アマビエ], a Japanese monster reported in 1846 whose very image was believed to help combat diseases... and soon, artists from all over the world were producing their own new and original takes on the ancient monster. But the Amabie is actually just -one- example of a Japanese beast believed to protect against both illnesses and disasters with its illustration; the whole class of creatures are known as the Amabiko [あまびこ], and each one is as unique and weird as a monster can be!

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See also: The Baku [獏]
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