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Abura-Sumashi
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Full Name Abura-Sumashi
Gender Male
Eye color Orange
Hair color Brown (eyebrows)
Skin color Light green
Species Yōkai


Abura-sumashi (油すまし, Abura-sumashi) is a yokai from the "Gegege no Kitarō" anime and manga series.

Legend

Abura-sumashi ("Oil Presser") is a creature from the folklore of Amakusa in the Kumamoto prefecture. This spirit, which surprises people on the Kusazumigoe mountain pass, is thought to be the ghost of a human who stole oil. In the days before electricity, oil was a very valuable commodity, necessary for lighting and heating a house. As such, the theft of oil, particularly from temples and shrines, could lead to punishment via reincarnation as a yōkai.

In modern media the abura-sumashi is often depicted as a squat creature with a straw-coat covered body and a potato-like or stony head, an appearance inspired by the artwork of Shigeru Mizuki.

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