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Not to be confused with Datsue-Babaa.

Datsui-Babaa or Datsue-ba (奪衣婆 or 脱衣婆, lit. "old woman who strips clothes") is wizened, ugly hag of a yōkai.

Appearance

Datsui-Babaa is a grotesque hag, with long straight, blue hair parted in the middle of her hideous face and poor skin complexion. She wears a white kimono with a blue obi. While disguised, she appears as beautiful young woman, with long black hair and fair skin. Her kimono is instead white and pink.[1]

Personality

History

Manga

Third Anime

In episode 39 of the 3rd anime adaption, she disguised herself as a bewitchingly, beautiful maiden with a little bouncing ball. She used her disguise to capture a few including Nezumi-Otoko and take them to Jigoku.[1]

Abilities

Legend

Datsue-Babaa of legend ferries the dead across the Sanzu river along with her male counterpart Keneō. She and Keneō live under a big tree on the river's far side. Then Datsue-Babaa breaks the fingers of the sinner as punishment for stealing and together with Keneō, tie the misfortunate sinner's head to his feet. Datsue-Babaa then strips the sinner and Keneō hangs the garments on a branch of their tree; then the pair send the sinner to the judgment.

Datsue-Babaa not only strips the dead, but at birth she bestows on humans their skin coverings. Thus she can be seen as a force of life and death that both gives and takes away the skin that covers humans.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 GeGeGe no Kitarō (1986): Episode 39

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