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The Akaname (垢嘗) - ("Filth Licker") is a demon from Japanese folklore, described as having the body of a human but looking much like a Goblins|Goblin. It has long shaggy hair and one toe on each foot from which protrudes a long toe nail. Its tongue is extremely long and dripping with saliva. The drawing also illustrates that the Akaname is an untidy creature that inhabits the bathrooms of people’s houses, particularly when the bathtub is dirty, eating the grime and filth from the floor and bathtub. Some people actually avoid the bathrooms entirely during Summer, when the heat makes mold grow easily when used, which attracts attention from the Akaname. Its saliva is poisonous and it uses this to help lick the dirt and grime. Stories of the Akaname were used to scare children into keeping the bathroom clean in fear that it might attract an Akaname. It is normally described with red skin.


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