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Samebito

by Micha F. Lindemans
A black monster with green glowing eyes and a spike beard from Japanese mythology. On the Long Bridge the monster encountered the hero Totaro, but instead of attacking him, the monster entreated him to give it food and shelter. It turned out that the sea-king had expelled it from the ocean.

Totaro took the monster with him and gave it a lake near his own palace where he fed it. Some time later, Totaro fell in love with the beautiful Tamana and intended to marry her. Tamana's father however, had set the bride price at 10,000 precious stones. Unable to come up with such an immense fortune, Totaro went home and lay ill until he was dying. When Samebito learned of what happened to its benefactor, it shed tears of sadness until the monster discovered that its tears had turned into pearls, rubies and emeralds. With these precious stones Totaro was able to pay the bride price and marry the lovely Tamana.


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