Bhuta Vahana Yanta

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Bhuta Vahana Yanta

Region of origin: Magadha, India

“Spirit movement machines,” the bhuta vahana yanta were mechanical guards based on designs stolen from ancient Roman engineers (by way of a reincarnation-based heist) and used by the king Ajatashatru to protect the vaults where he stored the relics of the Buddha. The Lokapannatti tells of the hero and emperor Ashoka, with the help of the engineer who built them, facing down and disarming the machines to retrieve the relics.

Originally posted on Tumblr on March 18, 2016

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Jenglot

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Jenglot

Region of origin: Indonesia

Appearing as small, about palm-sized, mummified figures, jenglot are doll-like creatures either drawn to or created by shamanic rituals. The jenglot’s keeper will feed it blood, although it is never observed directly consuming it (or moving at all); in return well-fed jenglot may provide its host fortune, power or long life. Among possible origins for the creatures are humans who, through extreme meditation, demonic interference or refusal into the afterlife, have become the diminutive figures over the years.

Originally posted on Tumblr on February 9, 2016

Dokkaeibi

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Dokkaebi

Region of origin: Korea

Combining elements reminiscent of tsukumogami and leprechauns, the dokkaebi are a category of Korean goblin-folk born from enchanted inanimate objects. Mischievous and playful, they enjoy pranks, drinking and games with good-hearted mortals, but can be a bit more vengeful towards the wicked.

Originally posted on Tumblr on November 14, 2015

Waniguchi

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Waniguchi

Region of origin: Japan

One subset of yokai is the concept that when inanimate objects reach a certain age, they will magically be imbued with life and become creatures known as tsukumogami. One such tsukumogami is the waniguchi, a type of gong hung at shrines, who will grow a reptilian body to compliment it’s crocodile’s-mouth-shaped opening.

Originally posted on Tumblr on October 30, 2015