This article will be examining the Asian legend of The Slit Mouthed Woman, thought to have originated in the late 1970’s.
Is Kuchisake Onna real, and if so – where did she originate from?
Let’s take a closer look…
The Kuchisake Onna Myth
A teenager is walking down the street at nightfall and turns off a main road and into a smaller street. The noise from the city workers driving home soon sounds very distant.
The street he is now walking down seems near enough deserted…except for a young lady approaching him…wearing a surgical mask.
This may seem strange in the western world, but people frequently wear surgical masks in Asia to protect against the high levels of smog.
The woman continues to walk towards the teenager, at first looking to walk past, but at the last minute, veering to stand directly in front of him.
“Am I beautiful?” the masked woman asks.
She has long dark hair that covers a lot of her face…but her eyes just shine out – she is clearly very beautiful.
The teenager tells her that he thinks she is indeed beautiful…
The strange woman then rips of her surgical mask to reveal a horrific grin, that has been cut across her face from ear to ear.
“How about now?” she asks.
The teenager has heard about the legend of Kuchisake Onna – The Slit Mouthed Woman, in school…and now she stands in front of him.
He turns to run in fear…but suddenly she is in front of him once again, holding a scissors.
The teenager is found stumbling around the street minutes later, after being cut from ear to ear, with a permanent smile.
This teenager is actually considered to be lucky – he survives the attack but he must carry the permanent smiling scars for the remainder of his life.
The Kuchisake Onna Sightings
Reports of The Slit Mouthed Woman first surfaced in the late 70’s, leading to the authorities in that part of Japan putting more man-power on the streets.
They were desperate to get a hold on the panic that these reports were creating among the public.
It even got to the point where schools would not allow children to walk home alone – they were forced into groups as soon as they left the school gates.
Teenagers were scared – they devised inventive ways to get away from The Slit Mouthed Woman. The most interesting of these was to answer her question with a question – never give her a definite answer.
There were also a few ‘survivors’ from these incidents – apparently they simply told The Slit Mouthed Woman that they could not stop and talk, they were busy and were late for an engagement!
The stories and sightings died down in Japan, only to surface in South Korea through the 1990’s.
There are numerous ‘urban legends’ floating about on her identity – many believe she was a beautiful woman that was caught having an affair, and her husband cut her, to make sure she would never cheat again.
Another ‘origin’ points to her being the spirit of a woman who used to chase kids and scare them. She was eventually chased by the police and knocked down by a passing car.
The car managed to rip her face in half.
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