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Gashadokuro

Gashadokuro are giant skeletons native to Japanese folklore and mythology - they are one of many dangerous spirits said to haunt the living and are said to be the collective mass of several souls who have starved to death.

Legend

According to legend a Gashadokuro is a frightening undead giant that takes the form of a skeleton - only the skeleton is much larger than any normal human (at minimum it is fifteen times taller than an average human), eternally hungry yet unable to eat in its cursed form this spirit alerts travellers of its arrival with a haunting call that sounds like bells ringing in one's ears.

Anyone foolish enough to ignore this warning risked being caught by the Gashadokuro who, in its hunger, would promptly grab at its victim and if they didn't run immediatedly the spirit would proceed to literally bite their head off.

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