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A kappa (河童, lit. river child), also known as kawatarō (川太郎), komahiki (駒引, lit. horse puller), or kawatora (川虎, lit. river tiger) is a yōkai demon or imp found in traditional Japanese folklore.[1][2][3] The name is a combination of the words kawa (river) and wappa, a variant form of 童 warawa (also warabe) "child". In Shintō, they are considered to be one of many suijin (水神,“water deity”), their yorishiro, or one of their temporary appearances.[4] A hairy kappa is called a hyōsube (ひょうすべ).[5] In Japanese Buddhism, they are considered to be a kind of hungry ogre. Therefore, Sha Wujing, who is a character from the Chinese story Journey to the West is described like a kappa in Japan.[6] Kappa are distinguished as having a small pool of water suspended on top of their head, signifying their life force and habitat.


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