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Bizarre & Amazing Mythological Beasts!

By Vadim Newquist Sep 26, 2013

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Tanuki

This Japanese mythological trickster is one of the world's oddest. It's based on an actual animal, the Japanese raccoon dog, but it was said to be a shape-shifter with very mischievous tendencies. What kind of mischief would it get into? The disgusting kind. You see, a common practical joke it would like to play was tricking passers through the forrest into thinking its poo-poo was chocolate. Yuck! Ironically, Tanuki totems are commonly found outside of Japanese restaurants, as they are believed to be good luck, so when venturing to your local Japanese buffet, we definitely recommend staying away from the chocolate pudding!

Tags: slideshows, fantasy, myths, creatures, mythological beasts

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Vadim Newquist

Vadim Newquist is a writer, director, actor, animator, fire fighter, stunt driver, martial arts instructor, snake wrangler and time traveling bounty hunter who scales tall buildings with his bare hands and wrestles sharks in his spare time. He can do ten consecutive backflips in one jump, make cars explode with his mind, and can give fifty people a high-five at once without even lifting his hands. He holds multiple PhDs in nuclear physics, osteopathic medicine, behavioral psychology, breakdancing, and chilling out. He currently resides in Gotham City inside his stately mansion with his butler Alfred and his two cats.

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