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AKA: None found
Origin: Japan and China
Bakus are creatures that date back to ancient Chinese folklore. The Baku was then adopted into Japanese myths and folklore as early as the Muromachi period (1300s to 1770s). In a Japanese manuscript it described a baku as a Chinese mythical creature with an elephant’s trunk, body of a lion, tiger paws and claws, tail of an ox, and rhinoceros eyes. Nowadays there are many different variations and descriptions of a baku, but those tend to be the more known.
Some believe that Bakus were acutal animals that lived in China’s mountains a long time ago before going extinct. Another thing, if you’re familiar with Pokémon, the 1st generation pokemon Drowzee is based on the Baku.
What’s so weird about it?
Bakus are viewed as very docile good creatures. They are said to eat nightmares if a person calls out to them after a nightmare and then leave the person with a calming affect allowing them to return to sleep. They can come in the middle of your dream and devour the evil spirits that reside in nightmares, or they can come if you are aware that you’re dreaming if you call out to them.
Some other accounts of them include a side-effect of the person having a sleepless night after they devour the evil spirit in their dreams.
What do I do if I see one?
They will eat you.
Just kidding, they are very friendly and there exists many shrines to them in Japan honoring them. Many people tend to write Baku in Chinese symbols on their pillows to have them ward off nightmares as well as buying small plushies of bakus.
So, don’t worry, they’re here to help you out.