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Mermaids (人魚 ningyo, lit. "human-fish") are traditionally more monstrous in Japanese folklore than most sources, having the upper bodies of monkeys rather than humans, or even just a human face on a fish body. A beached mermaid is an omen of disaster, while eating the flesh of a mermaid is said to grant long life or immortality.

Mermaids in Touhou[edit]

The mermaid race in Gensokyo appear to have been shaped by both native and foreign concepts, with the only known example having a human upper body and fish-fin ears. It is unknown whether monstrous mermaids also exist.

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