BakenekoJuly 30th, 2012 |
I had the wonderful opportunity this weekend to attend one of the largest Anime and Manga conventions in the United States. Otakon was a blast! I was able to see some great movies, pick up some sweet swag, and just let loose running around the streets of Baltimore. But one of the things I love best about this convention is the variety of panels that are given. One of panels I had the pleasure of attending was one on Japanese folklore, which focused on the different demons, spirits, and monsters in Japanese legends.
The reason I bring this up is because during this panel, I found out that according to Japanese Folklore, zombies are created when a spirit named a Bakeneko jumps over the body of a corpse. And according to the panelists giving the panel, these catspirits are extremely efficient at creating the zombies. Like Apocalypse efficient. Not to mention the spirit does a lot of trickery too, like devouring people, then shape shifting into them and living their lives as these people. And you thought your grandmother’s cats were bad for crapping in your suitcase.
Luckily, the people of Japan have a sure fire way of preventing the zombie end that seems inevitable. They will stop cats from ever becoming Bakkenekos. The Bakenekos are created once a cat get’s too old (100 years to be precise), or if it reaches a specific weight. The third way the Bakendos are created is if a cat has a long tail. Due to these 3 ways the cats can become a Bakkenkos, the Japanese have a history of cutting tails short and killing their cats when the reach a specific age or weight. They will also tend to feed their cats very little food so it wouldn’t get fat. They are usually better about these practices now and days as people are more informed about the truth about cats, but Japan is a superstitious country so it’s not uncommon for these practices to be in place in the parts of the country that are less populated.
I have not found any documentation on how to deal with the zombies after they are created. It seems the Japanese are more worried about the cause of the problem instead of it’s solution. In the mean time I would dispose of them the same way you would deal with another zombie.
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