- East Asian (culture)
- Haunting (behaviour)
Starving creatures from Japanese myth. They have the sunken bodies of a starving human with heads of horses or oxen with twisted horns and three eyes. They are bright red or green in colour and have huge stomachs. They stalk the earth in constant hunger and prey on humans and animals. In particular they feed of the souls of evil people who are near death. However the Gaki can be pacified by the peaceful power of Buddha.
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