Abura Sumashi

Abura Sumashi

Abura Sumashi is a creature from the folklore of Amakusa in Kumamoto prefecture. This spirit, which surprises people on the Kusazumigoe mountain pass, is thought to be the ghost of a human who stole oil.

In the days before electricity, oil was a very valuable commodity, necessary for lighting and heating a house. As such, the theft of oil, particularly from temples and shrines, could lead to punishment via reincarnation as a yokai.

In modern media the Abura Sumashi is often depicted as, a squat creature with a straw coat covered body and a potato like or stony head.

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