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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.
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.
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.
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.