I’ll tell you about a Japanese monstrous creature (or unidentified mysterious animal) whose name is “Kudan”
Kudan has an eerie and frightening appearance like a monster.
If I describe its appearance in one phrase, it’s a “Human faced cow”.
There were some eyewitnessed reports, “Kudan” could be existing.
According to “Wikipedia”
The Kudan (件 literally “matter”, more creatively translated as “human-faced bovine”) is a yōkai which became widely known throughout Japan during the first half of the 19th century.
The most widespread interpretation of the kudan comes from the Edo period, in which it is described as a creature which—despite being born from a cow—has the ability to use human speech.
The creatures invariably die just a few short days after their birth, yet in that time they are said to coincide with some major event. Sometimes these events bring various misfortunes such as poor crop harvest, natural disasters, or sickness, only for the kudan to die when the event has come to pass.
They are also said to issue prophecies of things to come. These prophecies typically depict bleak happenings such as war. A kudan was rumored to have predicted Japan’s defeat during World War II.
Despite this, pictures and talismans of the kudan are still seen as good luck charms due to their association with honesty.
From the Edo period through the Showa period, there have been several reported sightings throughout Japan, though they are most often reported in Western Japan. The earliest recorded appearance of the kudan comes in 1827 from Tateyama in Etchū Province (now part of Toyama Prefecture). Originally, the creature was referred to as Kudabe (くだべ).
It’s eerie, isn’t it?
I heard that a famous Japanese Manga author Shigeru Mizuki draw a story about “Kudan”.
I learned on the Internet that Mr. Hirokatsu Kihara who wrote “Kuwaidan Shin-Mimi-Bukuro” ( Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things.) ” owns a stuffed Kudan which he exhibits in the events like “Monster Exhibitions” from time to time.
Nobody knows if it’s a malformation in cattle or real…or a myth, it’s up to you. As for me, I believe it’s a creature which existed.
According to Wikipedia, a Kudan dies just a few short days after its birth. I guess it means Kudan was born to make us aware about very important matters while sacrificing its life.
Or, it’s a devil’s messenger like Damien in the movie “Omen”?
Does Kudan’s birth bring misfortunes? Or Kudan is the being to be appreciated because it predicts misfortunes beforehand?
As far as I see its picture, it doesn’t look evil, though I have to tell you that Damien also didn’t look evil. He was such a beautiful boy.
So…Only Kudan knows who he/she is.
By the way, I wonder if Kudan reincarnates many times or being given new life every time it emerges.
According to Wikipedia, Kudan speaks human language (Japanese) even though its life is very short. I guess that its whole life is very dense and its 1-second could be human’s 10 years. So it’s not surprising that they can learn speaking in ultra super high speed.
A few days ago when I was cuddling our beloved cat Hanzo-pu on my lap, I was listening to his heat-beat pressing my ear against his body. I was amazed when I leaned his pulse rate was about 120/min. This event made me recognize clearly why small animals are short-lived in comparison with human beings.
According to Wikipedia, kudan’s life is for a few days. It means, I guess, its heart-beat is as fast as Mach velocity speed.
Wow, I can’t stop thinking about Kudan…. Probably it’s a good idea that I stop writing about it today.
Thank you for reading!