Country of Origin: Japan
I really like Tapirs. A lot. So this chubby wonder, based on the Malaysian Tapir, makes me a very happy person.
Called a “Baku” the explanation for this creature comes from the Japanese. It might be depicted just as a Tapir. Or like my sketch, you can have elephant tusks and tiger paws. It can also have the head of a lion and body of a horse (with paws of a tiger). Because why not mix and match our favorite animals!
Now, what’s neat about Baku’s are their helpful abilities. They maintain their rotund figure by feeding off of nightmares. So they’re a jolly animal dreamcatcher.
For fans of Pokemon, these might sound and look familiar. The dream eating abilities and appearance of first Drowzee, then later Munna come directly from Baku lore.
“Baku”. Monster Mythos: A Folklore Bestiary. Tiki Machine, LLC, 2010. Print.
“Baku”. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Web. 10 Jan. 2014.
Rose, Carol. “Baku”. Giants, Monsters & Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend and Myth. 2000. Print.
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