Posts Tagged ‘Shugendo’

Waiting at the Shrine by Nightfall

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

The shrine of Amaterasu needs reconsecration. The oniA supernatural creature. Usually translated into English simply as “demon”, but oni combine aspects of demons and ogres. Like Western demons, they have horns on their head and colored skin (generally red or blue). They also have sharp teeth, which may be fangs or tusks. Like ogres, they live in mountains and wilderness places, and are generally depicted as being larger than human scale (generally about 8-12 feet tall). They usually carry long clubs with studded iron on the striking end, and are sometimes dressed in animal-skin loincloths.Often translated as “demon”, but also similar to an ogre: Humanoid, generally 8-12 feet tall, with red or blue skin, horns on its head, fangs or tusks, and a large, iron-shod club. Usually lives in mountains and wilderness.’s depredations have not been good for the shrine’s harmony and purity. I have hung a new shimenawaA consecrated rope used to wrap and delimit holy ground in Shintoism. Usually hung with holy paper streamers.

As usual, Wikipedia has more information.A consecrated rope used to wrap and delimit holy ground in Shintoism. around the shrine, and there have been no new footprints over the past few nights… but there are the marks of an iron club on one of the nearby trees.

The local shrine-maiden is sweeping the floor and burning incense. I will hope that this is enough. If not… I shall have to do battle in the dark of night, against a mighty foe.

Ominous Clues Around the Shrine

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

I visited the shrine of Amaterasu last night. For many hours, I kept watch, lurking and waiting to see if anything would appear. But even a ninja cannot remain awake forever.

Before leaving, I scattered a bit of rice flour around the entrances to the shrine, and some of the most likely avenues of approach. Then I went home, to sleep by Akane’s side.

I have now returned, and I see some very large footprints in the flour. Not merely the footprints of a very large man, either; not merely the prints of anything human. These prints are larger than even the mightiest sumo wrestler’s feet… and they have claw marks at the tips of the toes.

Kwannon defend me, I think I am dealing with an oniA supernatural creature. Usually translated into English simply as “demon”, but oni combine aspects of demons and ogres. Like Western demons, they have horns on their head and colored skin (generally red or blue). They also have sharp teeth, which may be fangs or tusks. Like ogres, they live in mountains and wilderness places, and are generally depicted as being larger than human scale (generally about 8-12 feet tall). They usually carry long clubs with studded iron on the striking end, and are sometimes dressed in animal-skin loincloths.Often translated as “demon”, but also similar to an ogre: Humanoid, generally 8-12 feet tall, with red or blue skin, horns on its head, fangs or tusks, and a large, iron-shod club. Usually lives in mountains and wilderness..

A Mystery Foe in the Night

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

There is something lurking around the shrine of Amaterasu on the outskirts of Hoshiakari.

I do not know what, but the village woman who tends the shrine says that every morning, the offerings are scattered about. Whatever is edible has been eaten, and candles are often knocked over.

I will have to investigate. I am very busy learning the ways of Clan Noriaibasha, but any threat to Hoshiakari is something I cannot ignore.

Whatever lurks in the night, I must vanquish it.