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Story No. 972


The Old Man of the Sea

Book Name:

Aino Folk-Tales

Tradition: Japan, Aino

The Old Man of the Sea (Atui koro ekashi) is a monster able to swallow ships and whales. In shape it resembles a bag, and the suction of its mouth causes a frightfully rapid current. Once a boat was saved from this monster by one of the two sailors in it flinging his loin-cloth into the creature's open mouth. That was too nasty a morsel for even this monster to swallow; so it let go its hold of the boat.

Comments:

Written down from memory. Told by Ishanashte, July, 1886.

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