Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Kappa and the Japanese Giant Salamander
Information: Kappa, or traslated "river-child", are legendary water sprites found in Japanese folklore. They are depicted to have a humanoid form and to be about the size of a child. They have scaly, teptilian skin which range in color from green to yellow or blue. They have webbed feet and hands which and they inhabit the ponds and rivers of Japan. Problem: Kappa, being water sprites, have been blamed for the drownings and it was often said that kappa would lure people to the water pull them in. Even today people will blame kappa for drowning victims. Assumptions: It has been suggested that the kappa legends are based on the Japanese giant salamader, which is an agressive salamander which can grow up to 1.5 meters (5ft) long. Consequences: The Japanese giant salamander is now and endangered species.