Makami

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Makami

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Character Data
Japanese Name: マカミ
Romanised Name: Makami
First Featured in: Kemono Friends 3
Cryptid Data
Classification: Legendary Creature
Cultural Origin: Japanese
First Recorded Appearance: Unknown
Animal Based On: Wolf
Read More: Makami Japanese Wiki Corpus
Conservation Status: Uma label.png
Makami KF3

Makami is a cryptid Friend that first appeared in Kemono Friends 3.

Appearance

Makami has a pair of wolf ears, bluish grey hair with a long forked drip at each side. There is a dark tip at her bang at forehead while the ends of fringes at each side is white. She has greyish blue forked eyebrows and bright yellow eyes with a yellowish green gradient. She wear blue eyeshadow. She has a thick tail with the same color as her hair.

She is in a Miko clothing where the robe is off-white and has wide back sleeves like the traditional costume. There is a purple "upper finger thread" decoration on the edge of the sleeves; each thread end has tied to a bright green Magatama (勾玉), a type of comma-shaped bead from ancient Japan, with either a red or yellow patch on it. She also has a thick, light grey furry scarf and a white ruff round. There is a purple thread with blue ends tied around her neck. The thigh-length trousers, or hakama, is in a very light indigo with a hakama belt tied with a big ribbon of the same color at the front; underneath there is a purple thread decoration on the waist. She wears white tights and tabi (足袋), a kind of traditional Japanese socks, with white furry welts. She has a pair of dark zōri.

Origins

A statue of White Wolf in Yamatsumi Shrine, Fukushima Prefecture

Makami, also called Okuchi no Magami (大口真神, Ōguchi no Magami) or Mikamiinu (御神犬), is deification of now extinct Japanese Wolf. In ancient Japan, an old wolf was said to have eaten many people in Asuka area of Yamato Province, corresponding to present-day Nara Prefecture. It was then deified for its ferocity and worshipped as a guardian to protect crops from wild boars and deers. Makami is said to be able to understand human words and discern good and evil. It punishes the wicked while protects the good. It is also believed to have a strong power to ward off back luck, especially conflagration and theft.

Worship of Makami declined as the population of Japanese wolves rapidly dropped and eventually went extinct in the early 1900s due to hunting by human. Today, Makami is a relatively obscure deity. Yet it remains enshrined in various places, such as the Mitsumine Shrine (三峯神社) in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture. A celebration in honor of the sacred wolf is held every January at the Musashi Mitake Shrine, on Mount Mitake.

Trivia

  • Makami was an old name and alias for Japanese wolf in ancient Japan. Makami can also mean "true god" in Japanese.
  • Makami, which is said to be in the form of a white wolf, also take the shape of a dog. Shrines worshipping Makami are becoming popular for dog lovers to pray for their pets' health.
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