By David Bituin
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In Japanese mythology there are many things that can make up a myth. Japanese myths usually include snakes in them. They are stories of woman turning into snakes. Not all myths are about snakes. But most of the time when people think about Japanese mythology they might think of snakes because they are so closely related with the Japanese myths in general. People believe that women and snakes are closely related to each other. There are really two different types of snake women, ones that are evil are ones that are good. One closely related story to the snake woman is that there is a palace under the sea at the very depth. A snake woman lives there who is believed to be the daughter of the sea god. Any man who goes down and meets her there she marries and she takes good care of them. When the man has to return to his world she gives him special powers or wealth. There is a story of a snake woman that every Japanese school child knows. It starts with a young boy fishing one night and catches a multicolored turtle and he brings it home. The next morning he wakes up not to see the turtle but a beautiful woman in place of it. He then is asked by the woman who is a snake woman to come down to the sea and live with him. He lives with her for three years and he gets homesick so he asks the snake woman if he can return home. She says yes and gives him a box and she says if u want to come back down and live with me again that you canít open the box. The turtle then guides him back to his village. He looks around and sees that this is not his village and then he realizes three centuries have past and he opens the box and immediately his hair turns white and his skin wrinkles and then his body withers away into dust. The snake legends very in time periods. Not all snake legends happen in Japan some happen in Europe and many other places. Snake legends are not widely spread today as they were centuries ago but they are still remembered in some places. I have not heard of that many snake legends myself but I am fond of it. I remember that a snake legend is involved in the movie "The Golden Child" starring Eddie Murphy. Eddie Murphy who is one of the main characters goes to visit a mysterious lady that gives him advice and he does not believe that she is a snake so h e removes the screen that is covering her to find out that it really is a snake lady. This then concludes my section on the Japanese myths of snake woman. I believe that these myths and legends of snake women are very interesting and they can catch your attention. I think that if you get a chance to read a story of a snake woman you will find that it is very interesting.

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