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Y for Yara-ma-yha-who by tohdaryl Y for Yara-ma-yha-who by tohdaryl
The Yara-ma-yha-who is a creature from Australian Aboriginal folklore. This creature resembles a little red man with a very big head and large mouth with no teeth. On the ends of its hands and feet are suckers. It lives in fig trees and does not hunt for food, but waits until an unsuspecting traveler rests under the tree. It then drops onto the victim and drains their blood using the suckers on its hands and feet, making them weak. It then consumes the person, drinks some water, and then takes a nap.

When the Yara-ma-yha-who awakens, it regurgitates the victim, leaving it shorter than before. The victim’s skin also has a reddish tint to it that it didn’t have before. It repeats this process several times. At length, the victim is transformed into a Yara-ma-yha-who themself. According to legend, the Yara-ma-yha-who will only prey upon a living person, so (hypothetically speaking) you could survive an encounter with this monster by “playing-dead” until sunset; the creature only hunts during the day.
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DancingInTwilight Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
how did you learn about all these?
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tigerbreath13 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it avoids the night shift because of bunyip predation
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deviantmaster101 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
WHERE'S THE Z!
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Marinas Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ya! I should have figured from earlier, you hadn't gotten to Y yet. I read a ghost story about these buggers once and it was freaky; a young boy lost his brother this way despite being warned by their grandmother. The one brother was forced to abandon his changed sibling and survived by playing dead, even when the yara-ma-yha-who poked and tickled him.
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btomimatsu Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love these little tid-bits. I love learning about other cultures. :D
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LittleBlueOwls Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I always learn something from you every day
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Roxj Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
AMAZING!
somehow reminds me of my country's creature
el sombreron
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Fb-PHE13 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Freaky...
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captaincabbage Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Somebody's been watching vsauce again :3
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yaoinut Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Creatures like this is why I love mythology and wish people would stop focusing on vampires and werewolves. Look what interesting stuff there is, don't just look at the well known!

Also, nice take on it, adding an old-man kinda look somehow makes it look even creepier.
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