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Daitengu's Meaning

Post by Luna on 9/6/2011, 4:44 am

Greetings... You may know me as the wolf demon that resides within the soul of Luna, but I believe that is it time that you all know my meaning and where I come from.

First off... The meaning of my name is Actually "Great tengu" And seeing from your confused expressions, I may as well explain what Tengu means. Ironically, Tengu means "heavenly dogs". Therefore, my name Daitengu means "Great heavenly dog".

Now to go into a little bit of backround information of Tengu....

Tengu ("heavenly dogs") are a class of supernatural creatures found in Japanese folklore, art, theater, and literature. They are one of the best known yōkai (monster-spirits) and are sometimes worshipped as Shinto kami (revered spirits or gods).
Huh... Interesting on my part...
Although they take their name from a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou), the tengu were originally thought to take the forms of birds of prey or other winged creatures, and they are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics.
Oh really? I must be one of those "other winged creatures". And about that "human and avian characteristics..." I will admit the fact that I do have a winged human form. I never EVER use it because I hate it so much......
Buddhism long held that the tengu were disruptive demons and harbingers of war. image gradually softened, however, into one of protective, if still dangerous, spirits of the mountains and forests. (In my case catacombs of a castle. >.>) Some of the earliest representations of tengu appear in Japanese picture scrolls, such as the Tenguzōshi Emaki, painted ca. 1296, which parodies high-ranking priests by endowing them the hawk-like beaks of tengu demons. Tengu are often pictured as taking the shape of some sort of priest.
WTF? So. Apparently Tengu means Heavenly DOGS, and yet they refer to us as BIRDS?! Someone is going to die...

The term tengu and the characters used to write it are borrowed from the name of a fierce demon from Chinese folklore called tiāngoǔ. Chinese literature assigns this creature a variety of descriptions, but most often it is a fierce and anthropophagous canine monster that resembles a shooting star or comet. It makes a noise like thunder and brings war wherever it falls. One account from the Shù Yì Jì ("A Collection of Bizarre Stories"), written in 1791, describes a dog-like tiāngoǔ with a sharp beak and an upright posture, but usually tiāngoǔ bear little resemblance to their Japanese counterparts. The 23rd chapter of the Nihon Shoki, written in 720 CE, is generally held to contain the first recorded mention of tengu in Japan. In this account a large shooting star appears and is identified by a Buddhist priest as a "heavenly dog", and much like the tiāngoǔ of China, the star precedes a military uprising. (and what happened after I was released? A war within Iciaura) Although the Chinese characters for tengu are used in the text, accompanying phonetic furigana characters give the reading as amatsukitsune (heavenly fox). M.W. de Visser speculated that the early Japanese tengu may represent a conglomeration of two Chinese spirits: the tiāngoǔ and the fox spirits called huli jing. How the tengu was transformed from a dog-meteor into a bird-man is not clear. Some Japanese scholars have supported the theory that the tengu's image derives from that of the Hindu eagle deity Garuda, who was pluralized in Buddhist scripture as one of the major races of non-human beings. Like the tengu, the garuda are often portrayed in a human-like form with wings and a bird's beak.
FINALLY. Something that i can see some sense in... I'm an original~ Before my image was twisted into that of a stupid bird...

The Konjaku Monogatari, a collection of stories published in the late Heian Period, contains some of the earliest tales of tengu, already characterized as they would be for centuries to come. These tengu are the troublesome opponents of Buddhism, who mislead the pious with false images of Buddha, carry off monks and drop them in remote places, possess women in an attempt to seduce holy men, rob temples, and endow those who worship them with unholy power. They often disguise themselves as priests or nuns, but their true form seems to be that of a kite. Throughout the 12th and 13th centuries, accounts continued of tengu attempting to cause trouble in the world. They were now established as the ghosts of angry, vain, or heretical priests who had fallen on the "tengu-road" (tengudō). They began to possess people, especially women and girls, and speak through their mouths (kitsunetsuki). Still the enemies of Buddhism, the demons also turned their attention to the royal family. The Kojidan tells of an Empress who was possessed, and the Ōkagami reports that Emperor Sanjō was made blind by a tengu, the ghost of a priest who resented the throne. One notorious tengu from the 12th century was himself the ghost of an emperor. The Hōgen Monogatari tells the story of Emperor Sutoku, who was forced by his father to abandon the throne. When he later raised the Hōgen Rebellion to take back the country from Emperor Go-Shirakawa, he was defeated and exiled to Sanuki Province on Shikoku. According to legend he died in torment, having sworn to haunt the nation of Japan as a great demon, and thus became a fearsome tengu with long nails and eyes like a kite's. stories from the 13th century, tengu began to abduct young boys as well as the priests they had always targeted. The boys were often returned, while the priests would be found tied to the tops of trees or other high places. All of the tengu's victims, however, would come back in a state of near death or madness, sometimes after having been tricked into eating animal dung.
Heeheehee... Is'nt my kind amazing? And now you know then main reason why I was sealed away into the Kotua Shrine...
The tengu of this period were often conceived of as the ghosts of the arrogant, and as a result the creatures have become strongly associated with vanity and pride. Today the Japanese expression tengu ni naru, literally, "he is turning into a tengu", is still used to describe a conceited person.

In the Genpei Jōsuiki, written in the late Kamakura period, a god appears to Go-Shirakawa and gives a detailed account of tengu ghosts. He says that they fall onto the tengu road because, as Buddhists, they cannot go to Hell, yet as people with bad principles, they also cannot go to Heaven. He describes the appearance of different types of tengu: the ghosts of priests, nuns, ordinary men, and ordinary women, all of whom in life possessed excessive pride. The god introduces the notion that not all tengu are equal; knowledgeable men become daitengu (great tengu), but ignorant ones become kotengu (small tengu).
yes. It is true. I am err.... was a knowledgeable lady... until I became a Daitengu, hence my name. Although it seem that I kept the name of a Tengu category, instead of an actual name. Ah well... couple thousand years too late to change it now~

The philosopher Hayashi Razan lists the greatest of these daitengu as Sōjōbō of Kurama, Tarōbō of Atago, and Jirōbō of Hira.[17] The demons of Kurama and Atago are among the most famous tengu.

A section of the Tengu Meigikō, later quoted by Inoue Enryō, lists the daitengu in this order:
Sōjōbō of Mount Kurama
Tarōbō of Mount Atago
Jirōbō of the Hira Mountains
Sanjakubō of Mount Akiba
Ryūhōbō of Mount Kōmyō
Buzenbō of Mount Hiko
Hōkibō of Daisen (mountain)
Myōgibō of Mount Ueno (Ueno Park)
Sankibō of Itsukushima
Zenkibō of Mount Ōmine
Kōtenbō of Katsuragi
Tsukuba-hōin of Hitachi Province
Daranibō of Mount Fuji
Naigubu of Mount Takao
Sagamibō of Shiramine
Saburō of Mount Iizuna
Ajari of Higo Province
Meet my younger siblings! Big family, is it not? heeheehee...

Daitengu are often pictured in a more human-like form than their underlings, and due to their long noses, they may also called hanatakatengu (tall-nosed tengu). Kotengu may conversely be depicted as more bird-like. They are sometimes called Karasu-Tengu (crow tengu), or koppa- orkonoha-tengu (foliage tengu). Inoue Enryō described two kinds of tengu in his Tenguron: the great daitengu, and the small, bird-like konoha-tengu who live in Cryptomeria trees. The konoha-tengu are noted in a book from 1746 called the Shokoku Rijin Dan , as bird-like creatures with wings two meters across which were seen catching fish in the Ōi River, but this name rarely appears in literature otherwise.

Creatures that do not fit the classic bird or yamabushi image are sometimes called tengu. For example, tengu in the guise of wood-spirits may be called guhin, occasionally written kuhin, (dog guests), but this word can also refer to tengu with canine mouths or other dog-like features. The people of Kōchi Prefecture on Shikoku believe in a creature called shibaten or shibatengu (lawn tengu), but this is a small child-like being who loves sumō wrestling and sometimes dwells in the water, and is generally considered one of the many kinds of kappa. Another water-dwelling tengu is the kawatengu (river tengu) of the Greater Tokyo Area. This creature is rarely seen, but it is believed to create strange fireballs and be a nuisance to fishermen.

During the 14th century, the tengu began to trouble the world outside of the Buddhist clergy, and like their ominous ancestors the tiāngoǔ, the tengu became creatures associated with war. Legends eventually ascribed to them great knowledge in the art of skilled combat. This reputation seems to have its origins in a legend surrounding the famous warrior Minamoto no Yoshitsune. When Yoshitsune was a young boy going by the name of Ushiwaka-maru, his father, Yoshitomo, was assassinated by the Taira clan. Taira no Kiyomori, head of the Taira, allowed the child to survive on the grounds that he be exiled to the temple on Mount Kurama and become a monk. But one day in the Sōjō-ga-dani Valley, Ushiwaka encountered the mountain's tengu, Sōjōbō. This spirit taught the boy the art of swordsmanship so that he might bring vengeance on the Taira.
I do not know why everyone insists that us tengu are bad creatures... If anything, we are the most pleasant... But we must keep going...
Originally the actions of this tengu were portrayed as another attempt by demons to throw the world into chaos and war, but as Yoshitsune's renown as a legendary warrior increased, his monstrous teacher came to be depicted in a much more sympathetic and honorable light. In one of the most famous renditions of the story, the Noh play Kurama Tengu, Ushiwaka is the only person from his temple who does not give up an outing in disgust at the sight of a strange yamabushi. Sōjōbō thus befriends the boy and teaches him out of sympathy for his plight. Two stories from the 19th century continue this theme: In the Sōzan Chomon Kishū, a boy is carried off by a tengu and spends three years with the creature. He comes home with a magic gun that never misses a shot. A story from Inaba Province, related by Inoue Enryō, tells of a girl with poor manual dexterity who is suddenly possessed by a tengu. The spirit wishes to rekindle the declining art of swordsmanship in the world. Soon a young samurai appears to whom the tengu has appeared in a dream, and the possessed girl instructs him as an expert swordsman. Some rumors surrounding the ninja indicate that they were also instructed by the tengu.

Well... That is all the informatio that I have for you. But if you really want to know some things that you may actually understand, I'll give you some "modern" parting facts about us Tengu.

Profoundly entrenched in the Japanese imagination for centuries, tengu continue to be popular subjects in modern fiction, both in Japan and increasingly in other countries. They often appear among the many characters and creatures featured in Japanese cinema, animation, comics, and video games. One of the most famous modern fictional Tengu is the Tengu named Haruka, from the Japanese animation/manga comic Tactics. Haruka takes the form of a tall young man with crow-like wings and an unusually large nose for a manga. It also has been a creature long-found in the computer games NetHack and Angband (which is primarily based on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, but has borrowed creatures from many different genres). In the game it is an evil demon capable of teleporting itself next to your character or teleporting your character next to it. In Super Mario Bros. 2, there is an enemy named Tweeter based on a Tengu. The games Mega Man 8 and Mega Man and Bass also feature the boss character Tengu Man as one of Dr. Wily's creations. He is a very cocky and overconfident Robot Master, wielding the Tornado Hold (Mega Man 8 ) and the Tengu Blade (Mega Man and Bass). His appearance is based on the traditional red-faced mask with a long nose. Also, in the SNES game EarthBound, there is an enemy called Tangoo, named Sir Tengu in Japan.

-In Eve Online, the Tengu is the name of the Caldari strategic cruiser.
-In Metal Gear Solid 2 : Sons of Liberty in Arsenal Gear part of the plant chapter you fight soldiers that are named Tengus
-In the 2009 movie RoboGeisha the higher-ranking Geisha soldiers are called "Tengun" and wear red long-nosed masks modeled after the human form of the tengu. "Tengu Milk" is one of their attacks.
-In Touhou, Momiji Inubashiri and Aya Shameimaru are tengu. Although they are loosely based off of them due to their cute appearence.
-The Pokémon Shiftry is based on Tengu.

Now I must go... I greatly appreciate you having an Interest in my kind... Good-bye...

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