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Ας υπάρχει και το κείμενο σε περίπτωση που το σάητ εξαφανιστεί διά "μαγείας"...


- Demon Mummies


It might seem odd that Buddhist temples in Japan house the occasional stray mummified demon (oni), but then again it makes sense to keep them under the watchful eye of a priest, instead of letting them prowl the streets.


Zengyōji (善行寺) temple in the city of Kanazawa (Ishikawa prefecture) is home to the mummified head of a three-faced demon. Legend has it that a resident priest discovered the mummy in a temple storage chamber in the early 18th century. Imagine his surprise.


Nobody knows where the demon head came from, nor how or why it ended up in storage. The mummified head has two overlapping faces up front, with another one (resembling that of a kappa) situated in back. The temple puts the head on public display each year around the spring equinox.


Another mysterious demon mummy can be found at Daijōin temple in the town of Usa (Oita prefecture).


The mummy is said to have once been the treasured heirloom of a noble family. But after suffering some sort of misfortune, the family was forced to get rid of it.


The demon mummy changed owners several times before ending up in the hands of a Daijōin temple parishioner in 1925. After the parishioner fell extremely ill, the mummy was suspected of being cursed.


The parishioner quickly recovered from his illness after the mummy was placed in the care of the temple. It has remained there ever since. Today the enshrined demon mummy of Daijōin temple is revered as a sacred object.


A much smaller mummy — said to be that of a baby demon — was once in the possession of Rakanji Temple at Yabakei (Oita prefecture). Unfortunately, the treasured mummy was destroyed in a fire in 1943.


Oni (鬼?) are creatures from Japanese folklore, variously translated as demons, devils, ogres or trolls. They are popular characters in Japanese art, literature and theater.


Depictions of oni vary widely but usually portray them as hideous, gigantic creatures with sharp claws, wild hair, and two long horns growing from their heads. They are humanoid for the most part, but occasionally, they are shown with unnatural features such as odd numbers of eyes or extra fingers and toes. Their skin may be any number of colors, but red and blue are particularly common.


They are often depicted wearing tiger-skin loincloths and carrying iron clubs, called kanabō (金棒?). This image leads to the expression "oni with an iron club" (鬼に金棒 oni-ni-kanabō?), that is, to be invincible or undefeatable. It can also be used in the sense of "strong beyond strong", or having one's natural quality enhanced or supplemented by the use of some tool.

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Τις έχω ξαναδεί αυτές τις φωτογραφίες. Είναι μούμιες ζώων, που μετά θάνατον τα "επεξεργάστηκαν" ώστε να μοιάζουν πιο "δαιμονικά"... ενδεικτικά, η πρώτη είναι πιθηκος...


κάποιοι ήταν πλακατζήδες, ακόμα και τόσο παλιά...

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λοοοοοοοοοοοολ..... καλά αν αυτοί τότε βλέπανε τι κάνει σήμερα το "ιερό-ξύλο" θα μένανε έκθαμβοι...




Το ποιο? Τι είναι αυτό το "ιερό-ξύλο" πάλι καλέ?



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Α, για αυτό δε το 'πιανα... Ιερό δάσος είναι και έχω ακούσει ότι ήταν όντως ιερό για μάγισσες κατά μια εκδοχή και κατά άλλη εκδοχή για τους ινδιάνους... Χωρίς να είμαι σίγουρος, μπορεί να τα λένε για διαφήμιση.



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