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N for Nukekubi by tohdaryl N for Nukekubi by tohdaryl
Nukekubi, meaning Detachable Neck, also written in Japanese Hiragana characters as "ぬけくび" or Japanese Katakana characters as "ヌケクビ" (But still read as "Nukekubi") are monsters found in Japanese folklore. By day, nukekubi appear to be normal human beings. By night, however, their heads detach at the neck smoothly from their bodies and fly about independently in search of human prey. These heads attack by screaming (to increase their victims' fright), then closing in and biting.

While the head is detached, the body of a nukekubi becomes inanimate. In some legends, this serves as one of the creature's few weaknesses; if a nukekubi's head cannot locate and reattach to its body by sunrise, the creature dies. Legends often tell of would-be victims foiling the creatures by destroying or hiding their bodies while the heads are elsewhere.

In Mike Mignola's Hellboy, nukekubi were featured in the all time popular short story, "Heads".
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
very interesting!

reminds me of a tale I once heard...a girl always wore a scarf, and a boy asked her why she wore it - she said to wait til they were in college, then he asked again, and she  said to wait til they were married, and then he asked again, and she asked him to wait til they were old; then he asked again, and she untied/removed her scarf...and her head came off.
(basically like that - its been a number of years since I heard it)

your art's better.
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Riazana Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Same principle for the viscera sucker types here in the philippines except cut's at the midsection and inanimate lower half can be eliminated with the dawn and/ or spices (specifically certain adobo ingredients: salt, pepper, garlic, etc.)
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CoffeeDiSpencer Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
:iconmingplz: I'd probably be the one to dress up a manikin like that and remove the head at night just to see what my Japanese apartment complex neighbors think. -shot-
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Renae8794 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist
From what I remember, in Malay they are called "Penanggal" and they are women who perform black magic to do this, so not actually monsters. Although they do detached their heads, they also bring their stomach and entrails dangle below it while they fly. I think I find this version to be much more scarier though.. seeing their organs dangling below ugghhhhh .___.
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nikicasp Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
This is the scariets freaking thing I've ever heard in my life. It's 9:30 pm and I'm afraid of going to sleep tonight.
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Reduxist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Noppera-bo are also pretty cool.
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jynx61 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
you inspire me greatly
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Malesx Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
so scary but nice CX
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fateavernicus Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nouna sakuretsu Gaari(girl)
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EMOPIGU101 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
reminds me of the aswang/manananggal from the philippines O.O well except she detaches from the lower half of her body and grows wings on her back and flies around looking to suck the blood of unborn babies.
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MurkyVisions Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
wut?! and I thought the headless lady was creepy... you beat her with your aswang, definitely! *shivers*
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EMOPIGU101 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahahahah XD yup our folklore is creepy no? Sorry for creeping you out XD
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Saphari Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
they had these thing in Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms! they were cool!
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Trail23 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for spreading awareness of foreign monsters.
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theprotectorjerdana Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you draw Poltergeist for P
your art is really awesome :D
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MrBoxerBriefs Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
that girl! her head's always in the clouds >T
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SpacePrinceGOD Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i loved tht part. great story
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prussia-the-awehsome Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
a;dlkfj I knew this was from Hellboy!!! Sword of Storms <33 Awesome drawing it's epic!!
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Takumitsudao Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Do you speak japanese? No offense at all, but I think you meant, "夕食のために死ね。" "For the sake of dinner, Die!" where as "夕食のために死!!!" comes out to something more like "For the sake of my dinner, death!!!"

Either way this is a lovely piece. I loved Heads and their Appearence in the Sword of Storms.
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XenoPredDragon Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am loving all these mythological creature submissions, and in alphabetical order, how quaint. :XD: Excellent work, and it's fun reading more from the story to the creature origin. :reading:
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Chrispy92 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Writer
I thought these guys were called Penangolans.
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emii-angel Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
This is a very interesting story.... very well drawn
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WarriorNun Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...OFF WITH HER HEAD!
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LightningIdle Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I recognized this from "Heads." Great job! :D
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skidgreenwarrior Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
....
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Zerda-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
no sleep for me tonight.
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mitsuki96 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
i've read about nukekubi,they're awesome they're like rokurokubi.
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Jsweethome Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
What will be O?
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ZeacorZeppelin Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
creepy and cool.
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xxMystery Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
creepy! very cool though~
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My-Pie Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
I actually remember reading a story with these things when I was younger! Thoroughly creepy~
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JonFreeman Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Digital Artist
very nice take on these weird creatures. c:
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Llanto-negro Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Definitely very creepy. Great job!
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Chell-Dunphy Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes, Heads is a classic. These demons are quite interesting
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DILAGO Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
the screaming part will defiantly creep me O.O !!
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girlgunner Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've heard of a similar Yokai, whose name can be translated as 'long neck' basically they can stretch their necks out indefinitely. Like the Nukekubi they are only active after dark, but unlike the Nukekubi, not all 'long necks' are dangerous. The more harmless 'long necks' simply go around spooking drunkards out wandering after dark.
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TheRobberBaron Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Yep, Rokurokubi.
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girlgunner Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I couldn't for the life of me remember the name!
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Elemental-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
I thought I recognized them from Hellboy. XD The sword of storms, I think.
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TheIrishTiger Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow well you lurn something new every day but its a bit weird looking at too hehe ...awesome art btw (do not mind my crapy spelling)
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RabanusVanBirkenheid Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, I love Japanese demons. They are sometimes really interesting, funny or both. Haha. ^^
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Calick Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap, that's one of the creepiest folklore legends I've ever read. Your pic definitely adds to that feeling.
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