Monday, December 01, 2008

Like a hermit crab in reverse: the crabs that house warrior spirits

Speaking of the Heike Monogatari, as anyone who has seen the classic film Kwaidan knows, in the waters where the Taira clan was defeated in a decisive naval battle lives a species of crab that is said to harbor the spirits of the Taira warriors.

This legend arose from a pattern on the crab's shell that — cue the Twilight Zone theme — bears an uncanny resemblance to a human face.

A scene from Kwaidan.

—Mellow Monk

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