Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Slit-Mouthed Woman

Japanese Urban Legend
of the Slit-Mouth Woman~
Kuchisake-onna or Slit-Mouthed Woman 
Good afternoon my dearest friends and followers I have another interesting Urban legend from Japan called the Kuchisake-onna or 'Slit-Mouthed Woman'. it is a figure that appears in many Japanese urban legends. Legend says she is a malicious spirit that was mutilated by her husband. 
In the traditional legend in Japan & China the girl is called Kuchisake-Onna, also known as the slit-mouth woman. Some have said that she was a samurai's wife in ancient times. One day it was said, she cheated on her Samurai husband [In my opinion is kinda hard to believe knowing a bit about the Japaneses culture. In those days the women of a Samurai would never think of betrayal of a marriage. They are very honorable people in the day and now to in modern times. Being married to a American Japanese family who I love very much, however in the beginning of our marriage I had to learn many different traditions of the their culture that still is cared on to this day on] with a younger better looking man. That evening when her husband had returned, he discovered the two and her betrayal. Of course in Japanese Culture this was huge.
The Curse Silt-Mouth Woman
The Samurai husband enraged and furious took out his sword and slit his wife mouth ear-to-ear. After that some say in the urban legend the woman was cursed to never die. This is why she still wanders the world so that people can see the horrible scar on her face and pity her. There are some that claim to actually seen a very beautiful young lady who has asked them, 'Am I pretty?' And once they replied positively she will rip off  a surgical mask that she has on showing the horrify scar. She will then ask the same question. If anyone says she is no longer pretty, will met a terrible death from her hands. 

When the legend reappeared many years later in the 70's, there were rumors of ways to escape the  Kuchisake-onna. Some have said that the Kuchisake-onna can be confused by answering her question with ambiguous answers ~ such as; 'You are average, 'So-so' are a few, but you must be careful and keep your distance. You never know with the Kuchisake-onna for she is a ancient Japaneses spirit that is many centuries old. It is said that she will give a person enough time to escape while she is lost in thought. Another escape from the Kuchisake-onna is to tell her you have an previous engagement to get too! This apparently  will work, she will pardon her manners and excuse herself and leave.  Other ways of the tale is that you can distract the spirit by throwing either fruit or candies at her in which she will pick them up, thus giving you a chance to get away. The rumors or the legends of the Kuchisake-Onna started again some say in 1979.
Many centuries Later the
Kuchisake-Onna Spirit became
very Malicious & came after the
children of
japan, south korea and china
This happened around the Nagasaki Prefecture which spread throughout Japan causing great panic in many small and larger towns. In these area's there were reports that all schools were closed, allowing children to go home only in large groups or escorted by teachers and increasing of police patrols in fear of the Kuchisake-Onna spirit was back and after the children as malicious spirit. There was even sighting in 2004 in South Korea about a woman wearing a red mask who was frequently seen chasing children. Then in October of 2007 an coroner found some old records from the late 70's about a woman who was chasing little children. The woman was later hit by a car and died shortly after. Her mouth was ripped from ear to ear- CREEPY EH!

Its seems that the Urban legends still holds today in Japan China and other Asian countries. According to the legend of  Kuchisake-onna, if there is a child walking alone at night they will probably encounter the Spirit of the woman wearing an surgical mask, which is not an unusual sight in Japan/China as there are alot of people that wear them to protect themselves from their colds, sickness and pollution.  The Kuchisake-Onna will stop the child and ask, 'Am I pretty?' If the child answers no, the child is killed with a pair of very large scissors which the spirit woman carries with her. How if the child answers yes, the spirit woman will pull the mask away, revealing her horrible mouth that is slit from ear to ear; and will ask again;
'How about now?' If the child answers no, he/she will be cut in half. If the child answers yes, then she will 
slit the mouth of the child's just like hers. However at this point is impossible to run away from the Kuchisake-Onna as she is right in front of the boy/girl and there is no escape. Well this is the legend of the 
Kuchisake-Onna of Japan. As I am finding there are quite a few of the Japanese urban legends that are a 
bit on the Creepy side but still interesting too!
Some that I found are just to scary for me so I pick
and choose. I hope your found it interesting 
I love you all very much my dear friends & followers
Thank you so much for stopping by my humble blog
And I wish you all the best of day 
YOUR WENDY


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