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Translation: awe-inspiring sutra

Appearance: Kyōrinrin is a spirit of knowledge formed from ancient scrolls, books, and scriptures which have been left unstudied by their owners and gathering dust. Kyōrinrin are often extravagant; they decorates themselves with the most ornate volumes and scrolls, wearing them like a kimono. A scroll with tassels becomes the headpiece, and they develop bird-like beaks and long, extendible arms.

Behavior: Compelled by the wisdom of the ages, the volumes that make up a kyōrinrin rise up as a dragon-like spirit. The kyōrinrin use their elongating arms to assault the ignorant owners who let such priceless treasures and knowledge fall into disuse.

Alphabetical list of yōkai