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After the water was drained, a pipe was stuck in the hole before it was filled up, so that Suijin-sama, who might have been trapped inside, could find a way out." Gabi-san also discovered a web site (no long online) claiming that this toilet-water Suijin takes the form of good bacteria -- bacteria that cleanses the water for reuse in the soil. , women have played an important role in the history of Suijin worship in Japan.
However, with the great influx of Korean and Chinese people into Japan starting around the 2nd century AD, and with the subsequent introduction of Buddhism in the 6th century, Japan’s many indigenous water kami began to slowly absorb attributes from these emigrants and from Buddhism.
They are often depicted as a snake, a dragon, an eel, a fish, a turtle, or a kappa.Above two photos were scanned from the English book entitled Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yōkai,by Michael Dylan Foster. The defining characteristic of the Kappa is the hollow cavity atop its head.This saucer-like depression holds a strength-giving fluid.About the size of a child aged 6 to 10, the Kappa is nonetheless incredibly strong.It attacks horses, cattle, and humans, usually dragging its prey into the water, where, according to various legends, it feeds on their blood, or drains their life force, or pulls out their livers through their anuses, or sucks out their entrails, leaving nothing behind except a hollow gourd.