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35. Fear of Kashima    This print shows people dancing around a namazu dressed as a representative of Kashima shrine in an annual ritual held before the start of the new agricultural season. The image of the rabbit represents the zodiac year of the rabbit (1855).

Fear of Kashima This print shows people dancing around a namazu dressed as a representative of Kashima shrine in an annual ritual held before the start of the new agricultural season. The image of the rabbit represents the zodiac year of the rabbit

[Song lyrics about Namazu, the giant catfish who causes earthquakes] | by UBC Library Digitization Centre

Namazu** (鯰) are giant catfish which cause earthquakes – or so the Japanese believe[d]

Catfish Stamp = Ompok pabda

Catfish Stamp = Ompok pabda

This print shows a mob of earthquake victims coming to take revenge on a namazu and its children.

Namazu-e ukiyo-e picture -- Catfish family This print shows a mob of earthquake victims coming to take revenge on a namazu and its children.

Namazue earthquake catfish picture --

The Famouse Catfish Monster That Came from Kamigata with the Earthquake, Also Called the Beast of Suffering / Unknown 瓢磐鯰の化物 絵師不明

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