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KASHA

(KAH-shuh)
Vampiric REVENANTS of Japan, the kasha are the returned bodies of those people who were not properly cremated. Whenever opportunity presents itself, the kasha, with its unquenchable desire for human flesh, will dig up and steal a corpse, COFFIN and all. Then, it will run off with its prize to consume it in solitude. Keeping a guard at a grave site will keep it at bay, and should a kasha begin to creep forward, making loud noises will frighten it away.
Source: Bush, Asian Horror Encyclopedia, 95; Dorson, Folk Legends of Japan, 45
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