Baku: The Legend of the Dream Eater: The baku, otherwise known as the ‘dream eater’, is a mythological being or spirit in Chinese and Japanese folklore which is said to devour nightmares. The baku cannot be summoned without caution, however, as ancient legends say that if the baku is not satisfied after consuming the nightmare, he may also devour one’s hopes and dreams.

Baku (獏 or 貘) - The Dream Eater. Supernatural beings that devour dreams and nightmares. Has a long history in Japanese folklore and art.

Akashita ("red tongue" - 赤舌) is a hairy-faced creature that hides in a dark cloud.

Akashita, hides in dark clouds before they attack from the Bakemono Zukushi ("monster scroll")

Picture of a Hakutaku (Hakutaku no zu) 「白澤之図」 Japanese, Edo period, 1858 (Ansei 5), 8th month Artist Miyagi Gengyo, Japanese, 1817–1880, Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, MFA

“A Hakutaku is "a benevolent monster that eats nightmares"; Still a By Miyagi Gengyo, 1858

Bakemono Zukushi monster scroll -- Daichiuchi (大地打)

Japanese monster (yokai, bakemono) The Bakemono Zukushi handscroll, painted in…

Kasha -- Cat-like demon that descends from the sky to feed on corpses before cremation

Nabeta Gyokuei: Kasha (cat-like demon that descends from the sky to feed on corpses before cremation), 1881 - an example of yōkai, or creatures from Japanese folklore.

“The Kaibutsu Ehon (“Illustrated Book of Monsters”) features woodblock prints of yōkai, or creatures from Japanese folklore. - Aoi no Ue - Character from The Tale of Genji who suffers episodes of spirit possession

“The Kaibutsu Ehon (“Illustrated Book of Monsters”) features woodblock prints of yōkai, or creatures from Japanese folklore. - Aoi no Ue - Character from The Tale of Genji who suffers episodes of spirit possession

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