Nure-onago -
A Nure-onago is a spirit from Japanese folklore that comes from the feelings of loss and sadness shared by the widows of sailors or other people who have drowned. They appear as disheveled young girls with matted, wet hair. They are often covered with dead leaves and other things that have stuck to their dripping, wet bodies. A Nure-onago can usually be found on roads near swamps, rivers and coasts, especially during nights of heavy rain. 
The Nure-onago feeds on attention. They appear lost, pathetic and soaked to the bone so a passing traveler will rush to their aid. When a human draws close to a Nure-onago, she looks up into their eyes and smiles. If the smile is returned she will follow the helpful stranger forever. Wherever he goes she will be there, dripping and stinking of mold and swamp water. She will cause no physical harm but it is said that her constant presence will ruin a person’s life. 
The only way to prevent a Nure-onago from following you is to ignore her and refuse to return her smile. Sadly by the time her true nature is discovered it is often too late. 

Nure-onago -

A Nure-onago is a spirit from Japanese folklore that comes from the feelings of loss and sadness shared by the widows of sailors or other people who have drowned. They appear as disheveled young girls with matted, wet hair. They are often covered with dead leaves and other things that have stuck to their dripping, wet bodies. A Nure-onago can usually be found on roads near swamps, rivers and coasts, especially during nights of heavy rain. 

The Nure-onago feeds on attention. They appear lost, pathetic and soaked to the bone so a passing traveler will rush to their aid. When a human draws close to a Nure-onago, she looks up into their eyes and smiles. If the smile is returned she will follow the helpful stranger forever. Wherever he goes she will be there, dripping and stinking of mold and swamp water. She will cause no physical harm but it is said that her constant presence will ruin a person’s life. 

The only way to prevent a Nure-onago from following you is to ignore her and refuse to return her smile. Sadly by the time her true nature is discovered it is often too late. 

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I know I havent posted anything this week.

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 I havent been very well but I will be back on track next week, or at least I hope I will be. 

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spookyelle asked: Where do you find the things you discuss on your blog?

It really depends on the thing. I try to post something every day so I have a rather large draft section full of future posts to work on. I usually choose my topics by either being requested them, remembering them myself or simply discovering them through random research. For example, today I remembered that I havent written anything about the tanuki yet. 

The information comes from my known personal knowledge, my extensive library of supernatural and folklore literature and other random research. 

Tanuki -
Probably one of the most well known Japanese shapshifters next to the Kitsune, the tanuki is a Japanese raccoon dog with magical powers. The most famous trait of a tanuki is their large and magical testicles, which they can transform into whatever they want. They can turn them into weapons, drums, fans to keep them cool, even umbrellas. Their testicles are often incorporated into their disguises, for example if a tanuki turns into a human shopkeeper its testicles will transform into a shop. 
Tanuki are usually harmless, in fact they were considered gods of nature by ancient religions, but today they are simply considered guardians of local areas. They are not completely harmless. Every tanuki has a different personality. Many of them are happy do-gooders who love humans but there are some tanuki who eat humans or spirit them away to be slaves to the gods. 
The most intelligent and magical tanuki have been know to adopt human names and practices. They are particularly fond of drinking and gambling. Some can even live entire human lives in the disguise of a human without ever being detected. They are very corruptible in their human form, and some tanuki have earned reputations as thieves, drunkards, liars and cheats.
Tanuki are tricksters and will use their abilities to transform into monsters in order to scare humans for their own pleasure and entertainment. In a lot of cases Ohaguro-bettari and faceless people are simply a tanuki being mischievous. 

Tanuki -

Probably one of the most well known Japanese shapshifters next to the Kitsune, the tanuki is a Japanese raccoon dog with magical powers. The most famous trait of a tanuki is their large and magical testicles, which they can transform into whatever they want. They can turn them into weapons, drums, fans to keep them cool, even umbrellas. Their testicles are often incorporated into their disguises, for example if a tanuki turns into a human shopkeeper its testicles will transform into a shop. 

Tanuki are usually harmless, in fact they were considered gods of nature by ancient religions, but today they are simply considered guardians of local areas. They are not completely harmless. Every tanuki has a different personality. Many of them are happy do-gooders who love humans but there are some tanuki who eat humans or spirit them away to be slaves to the gods. 

The most intelligent and magical tanuki have been know to adopt human names and practices. They are particularly fond of drinking and gambling. Some can even live entire human lives in the disguise of a human without ever being detected. They are very corruptible in their human form, and some tanuki have earned reputations as thieves, drunkards, liars and cheats.

Tanuki are tricksters and will use their abilities to transform into monsters in order to scare humans for their own pleasure and entertainment. In a lot of cases Ohaguro-bettari and faceless people are simply a tanuki being mischievous. 

Draugr -
An undead creature from Germanic mythology, the draugr can usually be found within their own graves, often guarding any treasure that was buried with them. Unlike ghosts the draugr has a corporeal body that allows them to keep similar physical abilities to what they had in life. There are clear differences between sea-draugr and land-draugr but all of them possess superhuman strength, the ability to change their size and weight at will and they stink of decay. They look like hideous corpses that are swollen and blackened, but unlike zombies they are intelligent. They also have the ability to rise from the grave as smoke and swim through solid rock. They have magical abilities such as shapeshifting, controlling the weather and seeing into the future. Common forms they take include: seals, a giant bull, a grey horse with a broken back and no ears or tail, and a cat that would sit on a sleeper’s chest and suffocate them. They can also enter the dreams of the living. Any person might turn into a draugr if they are buried incorrectly but normally it is jealous, greedy or generally unpleasant people who turn into a draugr when they die.
Draugr exist to guard their treasure,  wreak havoc on living things or to get revenge on those who wronged them in life. Draugr kill their victims in various ways, including; crushing them while in their enlarged forms, devouring their flesh, swallowing them whole while in their giant forms, driving them mad, and by drinking their blood. Any animals feeding near the grave of a draugr might even be driven mad by the creature’s influence, which might also kill them. In some extreme cases birds that fly over the grave of a draugr will suddenly drop dead. A draugr is not fixed to one location, they can be roaming spirits that have been known to destroy livestock by making the animals run themselves to death by either riding them or pursuing them. Shepherds who watch over their flocks at night are also particular targets for the hunger and hatred of a draugr. They have an insatiable appetite and will think nothing of picking up a passing living creature and eating them.
Draugrs are immune to weapons and even though they prefer to be active at night they are not effected by sunlight. When they are in their giant forms it is impossible to force them to move. There is no way to stop a draugr, so prevention is the only way to keep draugr problems from happening. Traditionally a pair of open iron scissors wold be placed on the chest of the recently deceased, and straws or twigs would be hidden in their clothes to try to stop them from turning into a draugr. Tying the big toes of a corpse together would also stop them them rising from the grave. The most effective means of preventing the dead from rising is to carry the body feet first, this stops the dead person from seeing where they are going so it makes it difficult for them to return. It is believed that the tradition of carrying a body in its coffin feet first was started due to the Norse belief in draugrs. 

Draugr -

An undead creature from Germanic mythology, the draugr can usually be found within their own graves, often guarding any treasure that was buried with them. Unlike ghosts the draugr has a corporeal body that allows them to keep similar physical abilities to what they had in life. There are clear differences between sea-draugr and land-draugr but all of them possess superhuman strength, the ability to change their size and weight at will and they stink of decay. They look like hideous corpses that are swollen and blackened, but unlike zombies they are intelligent. They also have the ability to rise from the grave as smoke and swim through solid rock. They have magical abilities such as shapeshifting, controlling the weather and seeing into the future. Common forms they take include: seals, a giant bull, a grey horse with a broken back and no ears or tail, and a cat that would sit on a sleeper’s chest and suffocate them. They can also enter the dreams of the living. Any person might turn into a draugr if they are buried incorrectly but normally it is jealous, greedy or generally unpleasant people who turn into a draugr when they die.

Draugr exist to guard their treasure,  wreak havoc on living things or to get revenge on those who wronged them in life. Draugr kill their victims in various ways, including; crushing them while in their enlarged forms, devouring their flesh, swallowing them whole while in their giant forms, driving them mad, and by drinking their blood. Any animals feeding near the grave of a draugr might even be driven mad by the creature’s influence, which might also kill them. In some extreme cases birds that fly over the grave of a draugr will suddenly drop dead. A draugr is not fixed to one location, they can be roaming spirits that have been known to destroy livestock by making the animals run themselves to death by either riding them or pursuing them. Shepherds who watch over their flocks at night are also particular targets for the hunger and hatred of a draugr. They have an insatiable appetite and will think nothing of picking up a passing living creature and eating them.

Draugrs are immune to weapons and even though they prefer to be active at night they are not effected by sunlight. When they are in their giant forms it is impossible to force them to move. There is no way to stop a draugr, so prevention is the only way to keep draugr problems from happening. Traditionally a pair of open iron scissors wold be placed on the chest of the recently deceased, and straws or twigs would be hidden in their clothes to try to stop them from turning into a draugr. Tying the big toes of a corpse together would also stop them them rising from the grave. The most effective means of preventing the dead from rising is to carry the body feet first, this stops the dead person from seeing where they are going so it makes it difficult for them to return. It is believed that the tradition of carrying a body in its coffin feet first was started due to the Norse belief in draugrs. 

Security footage of a ghost screaming in haunted hotel

Dancing Mania - 
Dancing mania is a madness that hit Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries, and it still goes unexplained to this day. It was also known as the dancing plague because people, sometimes in their thousands, would take to the streets and start dancing uncontrollably for days until they collapsed from exhaustion. These outbreaks could last for months in extreme cases.
The most famous outbreak of dancing plague happened in Strasbourg in 1518 when a woman started erratically dancing in the town square, she was eventually joined by 400 people who were unable to stop themselves from dancing. This outbreak lasted for months and many of the people died due to heart attacks, strokes and exhaustion. Men, women and children literally danced themselves to death.
During the outbreaks of dancing mania there were many attempts to find a cure. Some believed that playing music would cure the dancers but that simply invited more people to join in with the dance, causing it to spread. The cause of dance mania has never been discovered to this day and according to historians and scientists  a marathon runner could not have lasted the intense workout that the men and women died from hundreds of years ago.

Dancing Mania - 

Dancing mania is a madness that hit Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries, and it still goes unexplained to this day. It was also known as the dancing plague because people, sometimes in their thousands, would take to the streets and start dancing uncontrollably for days until they collapsed from exhaustion. These outbreaks could last for months in extreme cases.

The most famous outbreak of dancing plague happened in Strasbourg in 1518 when a woman started erratically dancing in the town square, she was eventually joined by 400 people who were unable to stop themselves from dancing. This outbreak lasted for months and many of the people died due to heart attacks, strokes and exhaustion. Men, women and children literally danced themselves to death.

During the outbreaks of dancing mania there were many attempts to find a cure. Some believed that playing music would cure the dancers but that simply invited more people to join in with the dance, causing it to spread. The cause of dance mania has never been discovered to this day and according to historians and scientists  a marathon runner could not have lasted the intense workout that the men and women died from hundreds of years ago.

Ao-nyōbō - 
An Ao-nyōbō can be found in abandoned mansions in Japan. They are particularly fond of homes that once belonged to fallen nobles or families who have lost their wealth. They take the form of ancient court noblewomen, wearing multiple layers of tattered and moth eaten kimonos. They wear white face makeup and have black teeth. Unlike other spirits an Ao-nyōbō can age. Old age doesn’t kill them but it makes them extremely wrinkled and ugly. 
The Ao-nyōbō will spend eternity simply sitting waiting. They will spend all of their time applying more layers of makeup and fixing their hair. It’s believed that they are waiting on some kind of guest or lover who will never arrive. 
Should any trespassers visit a home inhabited by An ao-nyōbō, she devours them, and then goes back to waiting vainly.

Ao-nyōbō - 

An Ao-nyōbō can be found in abandoned mansions in Japan. They are particularly fond of homes that once belonged to fallen nobles or families who have lost their wealth. They take the form of ancient court noblewomen, wearing multiple layers of tattered and moth eaten kimonos. They wear white face makeup and have black teeth. Unlike other spirits an Ao-nyōbō can age. Old age doesn’t kill them but it makes them extremely wrinkled and ugly. 

The Ao-nyōbō will spend eternity simply sitting waiting. They will spend all of their time applying more layers of makeup and fixing their hair. It’s believed that they are waiting on some kind of guest or lover who will never arrive. 

Should any trespassers visit a home inhabited by An ao-nyōbō, she devours them, and then goes back to waiting vainly.