Sunday, October 10, 2010

31 Amigurumi in October: October 10

Again, many apologies for the lateness of today's design.

The Futa-kuchi-onna is a woman cursed with a supernatural disease that transforms the back of her head into a yokai. Beneath the hair, the woman's skull splits, forming lips, teeth and a tongue. The mouth will begin to mumble spiteful and threatening things as well as demand food. If it is not fed, the mouth will screech obscenely, causing the woman tremendous pain. Eventually the woman's hair will begin to move like tentacles, allowing the mouth to help itself to the woman's meals.

Futa-kuchi-onna is often considered to be a woman who lets her stepchild die of starvation while keeping her own children well fed. However other stories include a stingy woman, who is accidentally hit by an axe and the wound never heals, and a woman who never eats, sought as a wife by a miser. While she eats nothing, the mouth on the back of her head eats twice what the other would.

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