Monsters of Asia

Monsters of Asia: The Baku of Japan!

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The Baku are the eaters of bad dreams. People may pray to them at night so that the Baku may come and suck their nightmares away.
According to legend, the Baku—with the body of a bear, a lion’s paws and ox’s tail, and the trunk of an elephant—was made up of bits that were left over when the gods had finished creating all the other animals.
In Japan, if one wakes up from a nightmare, the words “Baku-san, come eat my dream”, must be repeated three times to bring the Baku. Then the Baku will come into one’s room and devour the bad dream. However, summoning the Baku must be done sparingly, because if he is still hungry after eating one’s nightmare, he may also devour a person’s hopes and desires as well, leaving them to live an empty life.
To this day, it remains common for Japanese children to keep a Baku talisman at their bedside.

Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Not a Model Of Everest!

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Even though my vertigo is too bad to ride the ride anymore, I love Expedition: Everest at Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as displayed in this post from our annual trip last year.
But something has always bugged me…I have read a lot of articles and watched many documentaries about Mount Everest(I still can’t really explain my fascination), and I would always look at the ride and think, “That doesn’t look a thing like Everest”. NOW I KNOW WHY.

The ride’s mountain is a model, not of Mount Everest, but of the Forbidden Mountain, which was created specifically for the ride. Totally fictional location. It is guarded by the yeti in the story created by Walt Disney Imagineering that revolves around the attraction. Everest is actually present, however.  It is represented by the barren background peak on the far right, which is made to seem far in the distance in forced perspective. (see red circle) Now THAT looks like the north face of Everest, also known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā and in Tibet as Chomolungma.

Tada! Mystery solved!