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dògai

by Micha F. Lindemans
Female mischief-making spirits of the western islands of the Torres Straits (Melanesia). They dress are ordinary women but have hideous features, long, skinny legs, and huge ears. One of these ears is used as a bed, the other functions as a blanket. The dògai are sometimes able to assume the shape of beautiful women and in this guise deceive human beings. They are also able to transform themselves into animals, rocks, trees, and even constellations. They play tricks on people, but are easily outwitted. However, on some occasions they kill boys and girls and as such naughty children are threatened by their parents with stories of the dògai.

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