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KAPPA = River Imp, Water Sprite
Origin = Japan (with Chinese & Hindu Antecedents)
Kappa 河童 (river child), or Kawatarō 河太郎 (river boy) or Kawako 河伯 (river earl),
or Kawako 河子 (river child), or Kawaranbe 河ランベ, or Gatarō がたろう or Enkō 猿猴.
One of Many Japanese Suijin 水神 (Water Kami, Water Deity, Water Spirit, Water Fairy)
The Kappa is one of many Suijin 水神 (water kami, water deities) in Japanese mythology. Suijin are supernatural beings found in lakes, ponds, springs, wells, and irrigation waterways. They are often depicted as a snake, a dragon, an eel, a fish, aturtle, or a kappa. Many trace their origins back to earlier Chinese mythology, although Japan’s Kappa lore is largely indigenous. The Suijin commonly possess magical powers, which can be used for either benevolent or malevolent purposes. For instance, the flesh-eating Kappa is mostly evil, but when captured, it will pledge to assist with farm work or to teach its captor the arts of setting bones and making medicines and salves.