Nure Onna: Snake Woman

It’s time for another female monster post over at Part-Time Monster! Today I talk about the origins and deceptions of Nure Onna, Snake Woman of Kyushu and coastal areas.

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The waves of the sea rise and fall, spraying jetsam over the deck of a fisherman’s boat. Clouds gather in ominous deliberation as air pressure drops and the teal hue of the waves turn deep indigo. A storm is coming.

The fisherman reels in his nets and turns to the shore, a small, rocky area he can wait out the weather. The sea growls beneath the hull. The keel grates through stones as he makes land. Wind howls all around him. He ties the boat to a wedged piece of driftwood.

The fisherman surveys the area, looking for refuge from rain that has just started. The drops fall like pellets of ice, sharp and biting. A rock outcropping appears not too far off. It’ll do.

He wrings his pants and robe of water in the mouth of the cave. He starts a fire. The rain comes down in torrents now, the…

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6 thoughts on “Nure Onna: Snake Woman

  1. Crispian Thurlborn says:

    Enjoyed the intro story very much 🙂

    Personally, though, I think it ended nicely at the point where the tail was described flowing into the depths. For me, it was one paragraph too long in the end, although I understand the need for the ‘death description’ for the article.

    Good stuff as always!

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    • Alex Hurst says:

      I agree with you, Crispian. I personally would have ended it with the tail, but the method of murder needed to be included. Good eye! And thanks for critiquing me (for real!) It’s always appreciated. 🙂

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  2. Marilyn Albright says:

    I went back and read the original, and can see why you find it so fascinating to research and write about these monsters of the past. It’s interesting that throughout the ages in every culture, people have created monsters. I think I like these old ones better than the monsters of today!

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