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Akamata (アカマタ, Akamata) is a yōkai from Japanese mythology. It is also name of a Japanese snake.
Little is known about the Akamata. It is a serpent-yōkai that lives on Okinawa's Yaeyama Islands. Akamata probably appears as a woman. It is also said (well some) to be a visiting god is disguise.
She is said to have an intense hatred for the many men that appear on the island. She disguises herself as a visiting god in order to profit from the water of life, and longs to overpower them for good.
- Akamata is also a character from the "Gegege no Kitarō" anime and manga series. Akamata is depicted as a male serpent-yōkai.
- List of yōkai on Japanese Wikipedia