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Variations: SHUTEN-DOJI
Asian lore tells us of a gigantic, vampiric ogre called Drunken Boy. Dressed all in scarlet, Drunken Boy can be found in his cave lair where he and his demon companions drink vast quantities of alcohol. Within his lair are also any number of beautiful women who were kidnapped and held as his sex slaves. In the Japanese version of the myth, a hero named Raiko (or Yorimitsu, sources conflict) fought and beheaded the ogre. Drunken Boy was such a ferocious combatant that he continued to fight on for some time after the fatal blow was delivered, but eventually succumbed.
Source: Allan, Realm of the Rising Sun, 82; Davis, Myths and Legends of Japan, 45; Jackson-Laufer, En-cyclopedia of Traditional Epics, 633; Japan Society of London, Japan Society of London, 3

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