I had previously heard somewhere that absol was based on some european legendary harbinger of doom. I had no idea it was actually this chinease/japanese creature. Interesting.
Absol's bio about being misunderstood since a lot of Black Dog tales have it being misunderstood as a portent of death when it was actually trying to warn lost travelers of danger.
Up the airy mountains / Down the rushy Glen /
We dare not go a-hunting / For fear of Fairy-type Pokémon
Barghest doesn't fit Absol at all. Firstly Absol doesn't look like any sort of canine species; Secondly it foretells natural disasters, not death of anyone; Thirdly, the themes of Pokemon species are still very "Japanese" back at Gen III. Only starting from Gen V, where the region based on a foreign country's city, then Pokemon started to adopt myths/legends/folklores creatures in Western cultures.
Therefore when one tried to explain Pokemon's origin, one should assign first priority to all sorts of possible Japanese real and mythical creatures, and secondly to other Asian countries' creatures, then Western real creatures, and then the final priority in the Western mythical creatures (with only one exception of European Dragons).
I did look into the barghest, and I can see where the parallels lie and why it gets mentioned as a possible origin. But yeah, the hakutaku and its variants definitely fit the bill more, especially when I got reading about the kutabe sub-myth.
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