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Abarasumashi Custom Action Figure

 
 
Custom #:26654  
Name:Abarasumashi
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Mego
Creator:Yokai-John  
Date Added:January 9, 2011
Base Figure:Castaway Tan Body
Height:8.00 inches
The Abarasumashi, which surprises people on the Kusazumigoe mountain pass, is thought to be the ghost of a human who stole oil. In the days before electricity, oil was a very valuable commodity, necessary for lighting and heating a house. As such, the theft of oil, particularly from temples and shrines, could lead to punishment via reincarnation as a yokai. According to the story usually told about this spirit, an old woman was once walking her grandchild along this pass, when she recited a story she'd heard, in which the abura-sumashi would appear in that place, dangling an oil bottle. At that moment the abura-sumashi showed up, proclaiming that he may still appear.This story was introduced to Japan by Yanagita Kunio, who in turn took it from the work of one Hamada Ryuichi, a folklorist who lived on Amakusa. This yokai attained considerable popularity by appearing in the work of cartoonist Mizuki Shigeru. Here's my Abarasumashi action figure. I used a Castaway flesh body and Super hero head,I sculpted his head over the head with air-dry clay.I made his Straw (grass)robe from twine rope.I converted a CTVT Indian spear with clay for his staff.


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Chaos Zero - Sunday, January 9, 2011
I'm loving these very obscure customs of yours. They must make for a very fun display.
Yokai-John - Thursday, October 3, 2013
Thank-you.
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