Part of the A-to-Z blog challenge. My theme is legends and legendary creatures (both real and fiction). I hope you enjoy following along!
Before Spider-Man there was SPIDER-WOMAN!
No, not exactly. The Jorogumo of Japanese folklore, to be more exact.
There are many different versions of the legend, but it was said that when a spider turned 400 years old (growing about the size of a cow) it gained magical powers. This she-spider would then use this power to shape-shift into a beautiful human woman to attract prey. She played the biwa:
luring anyone who heard its music towards her through the woods. When young men came near, she tied their feet with spider silk that was impossible to break free of. She then wrapped them up and hid them away in her lair to save for dinner later.
Reminds me of that giant spider Frodo and Sam faced. *eek*
Lesson: If you hear music playing in the woods (particularly the biwa), don’t go near it.
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(Information: wikipedia, credit: Art/gifs belongs to their respective owners, not me.)