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yacuruna sing. and pl. – in the mythology of the Amazon, a hairy anthropomorphic creature with green skin, a head turned backwards and deformed feet that lives in some beautiful underwater city at a river's mouth and roams the forest at night on the back of a crocodile; they have the ability to shape-shift into humans and lure men and women sexually, communicate with river dolphins and heal people at the request of a shaman [Quechua yacu + runa “water man”]

 

Yahweh – the god of the Jews, which literally means “I am.”; the name of god as given to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:14) [Hebrew hawah “to be, exist”] SYN YHWH, the Great I Am, Jehovah

 

yaksha alt. yakkha sing. and pl. – fortuitous mythical beings of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain culture; male attendees of Kubera, the Hindu god of wealth who rules in the mythical Himalayan kingdom of Alaka exp. Gomedha, Vijaya, Kusuma, Kendra, Dharanendra [Hindi “demigod”]

 

yakshini alt. yakkhini, yakshi sing. and pl. – fortuitous mythical beings of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain culture; female attendees of Kubera, the Hindu god of wealth who rules in the mythical Himalayan kingdom of Alaka exp. Vibhrama, Madana, Vishala, Chandri, Malini [Hindi “demigoddess”]

 

Yama – the Hindi god of Naraka (the underworld) who guards it with his two four-eyed dogs

 

yeren alt. yeran, yiren – a docile bigfoot-type creature said to roam the forested mountains of Central China; they are described as standing six to eight feet tall and having reddish-brown hair (although sightings of albinos exist), a sunken face, protruding lips and a bulbous nose [Chinese “wild-man”] SYN yeh ren, ren xiong, Wildman of Shennongjia

 

yeti – a legendary white-furred primate, slightly taller than humans, said to inhabit the Himalayan region; a creature that was known and worshipped before the rise of Buddhism [Tibetan “rocky place bear”] SYN abominable snowman, meh-teh, kang admi

 

yokai sing. and pl. – a class of shape-shifting monsters, spirits and demons with supernatural powers in Japanese folklore; they range from malevolent to impish to fortuitous exp. ayakashi are yokai that are associated with water [Japanese “ghost”]

 

yowie – a black-haired, upright ape-like creature which stands between six and 12 feet tall and has a wide, flat nose; a being of Aboriginal mythology and the culprit behind pet mutilations in the Australian Outback [unknown] SYN yahoo, joogabinna, jurrawarra, myngawin, wawee, puttikan, doolaga, gulaga, thoolagal, pangkarlangu, tjangara and many others

 

Yule – a Wiccan holiday celebrated on the winter solstice, Dec. 21st in the N. hemisphere, which commemorates the birth of the Sun God since days get longer from that point of the year [Old Norse jól “feast”] SYN Yuletide, Christmas