WKD - Millipede Mukade

. mukade 蜈蚣 と伝説 Legends about the centipede .

signs of summer -
a centipede
in my bathtub


a centipede
takes its morning walk -
aah, my kitchen table


The messenger (retainer) of the deity
Bishamonten was thought of as a centipede!

Bishamon and the Centipede
Daruma Museum


millipede, centipede
kigo for all summer

mukade 蜈蚣 むかで
"one hundred legs" mukade, hyakusoku 百足虫(むかで)

red centipede, aka mukade 赤蜈蚣(あかむかで)
red-headed centipede, akazu mukade赤頭蜈蚣(あかずむかで)
blue-green headed centipede, aozu mukade 青頭蜈蚣(あおずむかで)
centipede with a bird-head, tobizu mukade 鳶頭蜈蚣(とびずむかで)
"one hundred legs" mukade 百足虫(むかで)

yasude 馬陸 (やすで) millipede
yasude 馬蚰(やすで)
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aka yasude 赤馬陸(あかやすで)red millipede
shiro yasude 白馬陸(しろやすで)white millipede
tobi yasude 鳶馬陸(とびやすで)
tama yasude 球馬陸(たまやすで)round millipede
enzamushi 円座虫(えんざむし)
kusamushi 臭虫(くさむし)"stinking insect"
osamushi 筬虫(おさむし)
amabiko 雨彦(あまびこ)
zenimushi 銭虫(ぜにむし)


.. .. ninehundred-nine times tock
.. .. one time tack -
.. .. centipede with a wooden leg

Gabi Greve, 2005


Print by Tsukioka (Taiso) Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

Fujiwara no Hidesato - Tawara Tota Emaki
is shooting the centipede at the Dragon King’s Palace
近江国三上山の百足退治 Omi, Mount Mikawa

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Fujiwara no Hidesato (赤堀 藤原秀郷)
was a kuge (court bureaucrat) of tenth century Heian Japan. He is famous for his military exploits and courage, and is regarded as the common ancestor of the Ōshū branch of the Fujiwara clan, the Yūki, Oyama, and Shimokōbe families.

Hidesato served under Emperor Suzaku, and fought alongside Taira no Sadamori in 940 in suppressing the revolt of Taira no Masakado. His prayer for victory before this battle is commemorated in the Kachiya Festival. Hidesato was then appointed Chinjufu-shogun (Defender of the North) and Governor of Shimotsuke Province.

Hidesato, also called Tawara no Tota, is a popular figure in the Japanese legend, such as
"Tawara no Tota Conquering the Giant Centipede on Mount Mikami"
Mukadeyama むかで山 / 百足山 "Mount Centipede".
Since he drove away the mukade with his arrow, there are now no people in the village who can see clearly with both eyes.
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Mikami Jinja 御神神社 Mikami shrine at the foot of the mountain 三上山.

. Tawara Toota Hidesato 俵藤太秀郷 Tawara Tota .
Tawara Tōda, "Lord Bag of Rice"
Tawara Tota Emaki 俵藤太絵巻 scroll

. mukade 蜈蚣 と伝説 Legends about the centipede .


Fukushima 福島県 Tabitomura 田人村

Once Sarumaru Daiyu was hunting a white deer and came down all the way to Nikko. The Huge Mukade 大ムカデ from Nikko eats the children of the white deer, this deer mother had called the famous arrow shooter Sarumaru to help.
He put some spittle on his arrow and shot the mukade dead.
Even now if people want to kill a mudake, they use spittle.

. Sarumaru Daiyu 猿丸大夫 waka poet .


quoting from Zhunagzi - Chuang Tzu

The unipede K'uei (Kui) envies the millipede, the millipede envies the snake, the snake envies the wind, the wind envies the eye, and the eye envies the mind.

The K'uei said to the millipede,
"I have this one leg that I hop along on, though I make little progress. Now how in the world do you manage to work all those ten thousand legs of yours?"

The millipede said,
"You don't understand. Haven't you ever watched a man spit? He just gives a hawk and out it comes, some drops as big as pearls, some as fine as mist, raining down in a jumble of countless particles. Now all I do is put in motion the heavenly mechanism in me - I'm not aware of how the thing works."

The millipede said to the snake,
"I have all these legs that I move along on, but I can't seem to keep up with you who have no legs. How is that?"

source : ramblingtaoist.blogspot.jp

. Chinese background of Japanese kigo .

Classic texts use this name for the legendary musician Kui who invented music and dancing; for the one-legged mountain demon or rain-god Kui variously said to resemble a Chinese dragon, a drum, or a monkey with a human face; and for the Kuiniu wild yak or buffalo.
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. Legends about animals 動物と伝説 - centipede .




Anonymous said...


J. W. Stewart

Centipedes and millipedes are distant relatives of lobsters, crayfish and shrimp. Unlike their marine cousins, centipedes and millipedes are land dwellers, but they do prefer moist habitats or areas of high humidity.

Centipedes and millipedes do not carry diseases to man or to his animals and plants. They are usually considered nuisances rather than destructive pests.

Centipedes pose an occasional threat to man because they have poison glands and will bite. Millipedes occasionally damage seedling plants by feeding on stems and leaves.

There are many kinds of centipedes but all of them are more or less wormlike and have a flattened body. The largest centipede inhabits the tropics of Central America.

Scolopendra gigantca is its name and when fully mature will attain a length of 12 inches. A closely related centipede, Scolopendra heros, occurs in Texas and may be over 5 inches long when full grown.

Centipedes are long-lived; some have been known to live up to 6 years. Most species feed upon small creatures such as insects. With the powerful jaws located immediately under the head they grasp and kill their prey by injecting venom. Occasionally, man may be bitten by centipedes but the poison usually produces only a moderate reaction similar to a bee sting.

The only concern would be to those allergic to insect venoms and other toxins, particularly small children. In cases involving severe reactions, consult a physician at once.

Millipedes are not poisonous, but many species have repugnatorial glands capable of producing irritating fluids which may produce allergic reactions in individuals sensitive to insects or insect toxins.



Anonymous said...

Little millipede
If I had as many legs
I should surely trip

Bob Heffill


anonymous said...

Thanks for brightening my morning. Always nice to start the day with a chuckle.

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