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(Demon)NAMAZU

A giant catfish who lives underground and causes earthquakes when he swims through the bowels of the earth.

He is a particular nuisance when Take-mika-zuchi is away on assembly of the Gods duty, but the thunder deity soon worked out that driving the Kaname-ishi stone right through the earth and into Namazu's head would prevent him from wreaking havoc until he returned.

Namazu isn't all bad and will happily loan you bowls and chopsticks if you promise to look after them, but woe betide you if they fail to return. He is popular with the peasants too, as they have little to lose, and it's always fun to frolic in anarchy as the world is turned upside down in a financial way, and the rich folks walls come tumbling down.

Rumour has it he sometimes takes on a godly form, putting in appearances as Nai-no-Kami, but claiming he is Ebisu just because they both miss the assembly of the Gods is a bridge too far. Isn't it?

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'Namazu' - Japanese database entry : 05 Jan 2008
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