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Kumo

by Micha F. Lindemans
Various Japanese myths tell of huge spiders (kumo), bigger than a man, with eyes a big a saucers, sharp teeth, and long legs. These spiders hide in old castles, looking like innocent heaps of clothes. Unwary travelers, seeking shelter and laying down to sleep, will wake up to find themselves imprisoned by huge sticky spider webs. Those webs are too tough to be undone except by magic. One particular myth tells of a miser whose blood was sucked by a gigantic spider until he repented. The hero Reiko had various encounters with these monsters.

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