Tuesday, April 24, 2012

T is for Tenome

The Tenome is a Japanese mythical creature that is a man-like creature with eyes not in its face, but in the palm of its hands.

The Tenome was originally a bland man in life who was beaten up and murdered by a mugger. He returned as a ghost, but his desire for revenge was so great that his blind eyes were gone, and instead, he grew new eyes in his hands.

Now the "Pale Man" (as he was originally described in the Japanese folklore, it's not made clear whether he is pale because he stayed indoors confined by his blindness or if it is just the translation of "walking dead" or "ghost") roams through cities and villages, searching for the mugger who murdered him. He sees by waving his hands in front of him.

But Tenome never saw the face of his attacker and simply kills whoever he can get his hands on. Although he has eyes in his hands, he is still figuratively blinded by his anger.


Kristi said...

I swear the Japanese have cornered the market on SCARY. That picture alone might give me nightmares. *shiver*

Mina Lobo said...

^LOL, I was just thinking that the Japanese do "disturbing" very well, indeed! (Especially after seeing that Shinigami, below - YIKES!) :-D

Cheree, I really dig your A to Z theme! Also, the overall design of your blog is just gorgeous.

Some Dark Romantic

Laura Clipson said...

The first time I saw Pan's Labyrinth this guy scared the crap out of me, and I was 20 years old! He's very scary!

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