In Japanese folklore the Baku, also referred to as The Eater of Dreams, stalks the Japanese dreamscape devouring the evil spirits and demons the cause nightmares, it is also thought to be capable of devouring the evil spirits which cause plague and disease. . The Baku is most commonly described as having the body of a bear, the legs of a tiger, the nose of an elephant, and the tail of an ox, but other descriptions exist, such as the ancient Chinese version which is described as a goat like animal with nine tails, four ears and eyes on its back.
According to the legends there are two ways in which to invoke the assistance of a Baku. The first is used before a nightmare has the chance to strike, all an individual must do is ask for the protection of the Baku prior to sleeping. The second is made directly following a nightmare, all the person who had the nightmare must do is say aloud, Baku, eat my dreams, and according to Shinto legend, the Baku will promptly consume the evil spirit responsible for the nightmare and bestow good fortune upon whoever summoned it.
Thought only to exist in Japanese mythology there is no physical evidence to suggest that the Baku is or ever was an actual creature.
No documented sightings of the Baku could be found at this time.
The Stats – (Where applicable)
• Classification: Hybrid
• Size: Unknown
• Weight: Unknown
• Diet: Evil Spirits and Demons
• Location: Japan
• Movement: Unknown
• Environment: Dreamscape