The Thumb Game!


Introduction: Oyayubi sagashi or Thumb Game, was a Japanese urban legend about a 20 year old woman who was killed and when her body parts were discovered, only the thumb was left missing. The Thumb game’s objective is to find the missing left thumb. If you find it, your wish will be granted. You need three or more people to play this game.

How to do it:
1. Form a circle sitting on the ground.
2. Hold the left thumb of the person on your right. The person on your left should grab your left thumb.(while the game is in progress, don’t let go of the person’s thumb. Otherwise, when the game ends, their thumb will be missing.)
3.. Everyone has to close their eyes and imagine they are in the villa where the murdered woman was dismembered. You must do this seriously or else it will not work.
While the game is in progress, don’t open your eyes.
4. Say the following chant twice.

“Oyayubi, Oyayubi, hear our voices.
Oyayubi, Oyayubi, grant our wish.”

You’ll be transported to a room you’ve never seen before. It’s a western-style villa. There’s one solitary candle in the room.
5. You must start looking for the thumb immediately. You have until the candle burns out to search for the severed thumb.
6. To get back from the villa, you must blow out the candle.

1. While you are in the villa, looking for the thumb, you may feel someone tap you twice on the shoulder. When this happens, do not look behind you. Otherwise, you will never be able to come back alive.

2. It is extremely important that you don’t look behind. If you do, you will be killed. You will never return from the villa. You will be forced to remain there eternally, tapping people on the shoulder twice and then brutally murdering them. Instead of just being a missing person, you will be a murderer.

3. If you manage to find the severed thumb, hold it tightly in your hand and then blow out the candle. You will return and your wish will be granted. If you cannot find the thumb, just blow out the candle and return. Do not allow the candle to burn out on its own or you will be stranded in the villa.

Important Things to Remember
Do not let go of anyone’s thumb.
Do not open your eyes during the ritual.
Do not allow the candle to burn out.
Do not look behind you.

The Thumb Game can be very dangerous. It’s been strictly recommended that you do not play it unless you memorize all of the rules beforehand. A mistake could cost you your life.


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Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).