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The Old Man Of The Sea






Category: SCRAPS OF FOLK-LORE.

Source: Aino Folktales

The Old Man of the Sea (Atui koro ekashi) is a monster able to swallow
ships and whales. In shape it resembles a bag, and the suction of its
mouth causes a frightfully rapid current. Once a boat was saved from
this monster by one of the two sailors in it flinging his loin-cloth
into the creature's open mouth. That was too nasty a morsel for even
this monster to swallow; so it let go its hold of the boat.--(Written
down from memory. Told by Ishanashte, July, 1886.)





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