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In Japanese mythology, the Namazu () or Ōnamazu () is a giant underground catfish who causes earthquakes.

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The creature lives under the islands of Japan and is guarded by the god Takemikazuchi enshrined at Kashima, who restrains the catfish with a stone. When the Kashima-god lets his guard fall, Namazu thrashes about, causing violent earthquakes.