Ushi Oni: The Bloodthirsty Cow Demon (Ep. 117)

Uncanny Japan - Japanese Folklore, Folktales, Myths and Language

Jan 31 2023 • 19 mins

The Ushi Oni is a Japanese legend of an ox-headed demon/ogre. It has different appearances but is often depicted as a giant spider with ox head, soft body and red horns. They are commonly found near water bodies like oceans, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and in forests & caves. They are stealthy creatures, with long tongues and claws, and are most dangerous around water.

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