13 APRIL, 2019 - M/V SO...FEA DECK LOG - RIVER KAPPA
Living on a river adjacent to the sea means that tidal flows create an exchange of salt water and fresh, not all sea creatures, and not all river creatures can tolerate the repeated salt/fresh water change for very long periods of time . . . enter the Kappa:
called a “Kappa”, (a “river Imp” or “water-child”), shown here drinking from a gourd.
Some Kappa have turtle-like shell casings on their upper back, some are also hairy, they swim like, and smell like fish, they love cucumbers, some say their arms are connected to each other through the torso, and can slide from one side to the other.
Philippine islands, the frog-faced Vodyanoy known in Russia, and the Vodnik in the Czech
Republic and Slovakia.
(especially children), and stealing horses and cattle that venture near the river, they are seen as mischievous troublemakers or tricksters with pranks ranging from relatively innocent to the malevolent, such as raping women and at times eating human flesh.
In some regions, it was customary to eat cucumbers or a cucumber-filled sushi roll is known as kappamaki "before" swimming as a protection, but in other regions it was believed that that act would guarantee an attack, still today, signs warning about Kappa are found all over Japan in many Japanese towns and villages around bodies of water.
|A Kappa Public Garden|