Said to be related to a Chinese mountain goddess who became a cloud in the morning and rain in
the evening, this female spirit is herself less a monster and more a folk deity, who can be
seen walking about in the human world on wet nights. Farmers, who depend so much on keeping their
crops watered, still pray for the appearance of beings like the ame-onna
, for wherever
she travels, the rain falls.1
1. Mizuki vol. 2 2003, p. 13.