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Yamauba (Legendary character)

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    • Yama-uba (Legendary character)
    • Old Woman in the Mountains (Legendary character)
    • Onionna (Legendary character)
    • Yamamba (Legendary character)
    • Yamanba (Legendary character)
    • Yamaonna (Legendary character)
    • Mountain Hag (Legendary character)
    • 山姥 (Legendary character)
    • 山うば (Legendary character)
    • ヤマウバ (Legendary character)
    • やまおんな (Legendary character)
    • ヤマオンナ (Legendary character)
    • ヤマンバ (Legendary character)
    • Jama-ubao (Legendary character)
    • Jama-uba (Legendary character)
    • Ямауба (Legendary character)
    • I︠A︡mauba (Legendary character)
    • Яма-уба (Legendary character)
    • I︠A︡ma-uba (Legendary character)
    • Ямамба (Legendary character)
    • I︠A︡mamba (Legendary character)
    • Яманба (Legendary character)
    • I︠A︡manba (Legendary character)
    • やまうば (Legendary character)
    • Onibaba (Legendary character)
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        Legendary character
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        Yōkai (Japanese folklore)
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    • found: Yamanba : the old woman of the mountains, c2008(summary note: Draws on a famous legend of an enigmatic old woman (Yamamba) living in the mountains who is alternately seen as god, demon, mother, enlightened or tormented, helpful or harmful.)
    • found: Japan thru young eyes WWW site, April 18, 2011:Living traditions, Yuki Onna, Yama Uba (Yama Uba (Old Woman in the Mountains: yama means mountain and uba means an old woman)
    • found: Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System, via WWW, April 18, 2011(Yamauba; also read Yamanba; Onionna (demonic woman) or yamaonna (mountain woman) are used occasionally; In folk legend, Yamauba is known as a demonic character with supernatural powers)
    • found: The Obakemono Project WWW site, April 18, 2011(Yama-uba (Mountain Hag). Other names: Yamanba. A female figure, sometimes considered a type of monster, thought to inhabit mountainous regions)
    • found: Wikipedia, May 4, 2018:Yama-uba (Yamauba (山姥 or 山うば), Yamamba or Yamanba are variations on the name of a yōkai found in Japanese folklore) Yōkai (Yōkai (妖怪, ghost, phantom, strange apparition) are a class of supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons in Japanese folklore) Esperanto page (Jama-ubao) French page (Yama-Uba) Hungarian page (Jama-uba) Russian page (Ямауба = I︠A︡mauba) Ukrainian page (Ямауба = I︠A︡mauba; Яма-уба = I︠A︡ma-uba; Ямамба or Яманба = I︠A︡mamba or I︠A︡manba)
    • found: Web NDL authorities, May 4, 2018(山姥; ヤマウバ; transliteration of heading: Yamauba; variants: やまおんな = Yamaon'na; ヤマオンナ = Yamaon'na; 山姥; ヤマンバ) -
    • found:, May 4, 2018(Yamauba; 山姥; やまうば; alternate names: yamanba, onibaba. Yamauba are the old hags and witches of the Japanese mountains and forests. A kind of kijo, yama uba were once human, but were corrupted and transformed into monsters. They usually appear as kind old ladies. Some sport horns or fangs, but most often they look just like ordinary elderly women, with no sign of their evil nature until they attack. Yamauba live alone in huts by the road, occasionally offering shelter, food, and a place to sleep for the night to weary travelers. Late at night when their guests are fast asleep, they transform into their true shape--an ugly, old, demonic witch--and try to catch and eat their guests, often using powerful magic) -
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    • 2018-05-04: new
    • 2018-08-03: revised
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