cow monster

Name: Ushi-Oni (Ox Oni), Gyuki
Area of Origin: Japan

The Ushi-Oni is a demonic creature found in Japanese folklore. There are various kinds that share the same name, but with Ushi meaning Ox or Cow, all the monsters appear to have a horned bovine-like head. One of the most well known Ushi-Oni is a massive sea monster that resides off the coast of Shimane Prefecture and other areas in Western Japan. It attacks fishermen, and is depicted with a spider or crab-like body. They seem to be connected to another creature, a yokai called the Nure-onna, who sometimes appear before an Ushi-Oni attack. The Nure-onna trick victims into holding their “child” which is actually rather something else entirely. The “child” grows heavier and heavier, and while stuck to the victim’s hands, heavily hinders any chance of escape. It is unknown whether the two creatures work in tandem on purpose or not.