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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:29 pm    Post subject: Scorpion imagery in Samurai gear and mon? Reply with quote
Bugs, like centipedes feature on mon and crests, but I haven't seen anything with scorpions, despite such critters existing in Japan. Any kawari kabuto with a scorpion's tail or any other part?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I do seem to remember seeing a helmet with a scorpion on it-or maybe I'm just imagining it because I recently watched the old Captain Marvel serial...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm no entomologist or linguist, but the Japanese have a word for scorpion, as well as a Kanji, so I'm assuming they must have known what a scorpion was, although I'm too lazy to google if they have scorpions in Japan, but I sure as heck never saw one in Kyushu, but theoretically they could have had scorpion iconography based on my subjective deductive logic.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Oh, they have the little bastards, all right. The one I'm acquainted with is the Chinese Armor Tailed Scorpion, like the one that somehow got in our house my first DAY in Japan. Between giant centipedes, scorpions, flying roaches, and the delightful Japanese Giant Hornet, it's easy to see where they get the ideas for all those kaiju movies.
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