Posted by: John Kirk on June 2nd, 2014
The Daily Mail in my old country is claiming some bones found in Japan are those of the mythical water cryptid the Kappa. I’m not so sure. Judge for yourself people.
Are these the bones of a water demon?
The Kappa is a water demon from ancient folklore that is depicted as green and scaly with webbed feet and looks a little bit human
Remains said to be those of this mythical creature are going on display in Miyakonojo, Japan
Scientists have not confirmed that the bones are from what many believe to be the Kappa
Some people think the stories actually refer to a type of giant salamander
The Kappa is used by parents to scare children away from water
Just as British children have been brought up with scary stories about the Loch Ness Monster, Japanese people know all about the Kappa – a slippery water demon from ancient folklore.
The pond and river-dwelling monsters are typically depicted as human-like but with the scaly green or blue skin of a reptile and webbed feet.
But unlike the Loch Ness Monster, believers claim to have found ‘proof’ of the creature’s existence – and bones purporting to be from the Kappa are going on show in Japan.
Proof? Mummified remains (pictured) purporting to be from the Kappa – a scaly green water demon said to be around the same size as a child – are going on show in Japan
One of the founders of the BCSCC, John Kirk has enjoyed a varied and exciting career path. Both a print and broadcast journalist, John Kirk has in recent years been at the forefront of much of the BCSCC’s expeditions, investigations and publishing. John has been particularly interested in the phenomenon of unknown aquatic cryptids around the world and is the author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters (Key Porter Books, 1998). In addition to his interest in freshwater cryptids, John has been keenly interested in investigating the possible existence of sasquatch and other bipedal hominids of the world, and in particular, the Yeren of China. John is also chairman of the Crypto Safari organization, which specializes in sending teams of investigators to remote parts of the world to search for animals as yet unidentified by science. John travelled with a Crypto Safari team to Cameroon and northern Republic of Congo to interview witnesses among the Baka pygmies and Bantu bushmen who have sighted a large unknown animal that bears more than a superficial resemblance to a dinosaur. Since 1996, John Kirk has been editor and publisher of the BCSCC Quarterly which is the flagship publication of the BCSCC. In demand at conferences, seminars, lectures and on television and radio programs, John has spoken all over North America and has appeared in programs on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, TLC, Discovery, CBC, CTV and the BBC. In his personal life John spends much time studying the histories of Scottish Clans and is himself the president of the Clan Kirk Society. John is also an avid soccer enthusiast and player.