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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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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.)
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-
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 .___.
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.
Reduxist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Noppera-bo are also pretty cool.
jynx61 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
you inspire me greatly
Malesx Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
so scary but nice CX
fateavernicus Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nouna sakuretsu Gaari(girl)
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.
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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