This post is part of Bad Girls month!
Okay, so now I’m reduced to citing tattoo websites for demon stories…
But I love all things Japanese (except maybe the Samisen music, and even then, well, there’s the Yoshida Brothers, isn’t there? ), and when I hear about a Japanese demon, I want her on my blog.
In Noh theatre, there’s a mask called the ‘hannya,’ with horns and fangs, its face in a grimace. When I found that this mask is based on a demon, and on a female one at that, I had to know more.
Guiley says that the hannya was a demon-possessed woman with cannibalistic tendancies.
I looked for more on the Interweb, but only found a references to the mask, except for a couple of tattoo websites. The best one told the story of Kiyo Hime — Hime is an honorific that means ‘princess’.
The princess fell in love with a travelling monk, who returned her love, but he refused to relinquish his vows. She became enraged, and these feelings turned her into a demon with a twisted, horned and fanged face and a snake’s body.
The monk hid under a large iron bell, but the hannya found him, and breathed fire onto the bell. It melted and the molten metal burned him to death.
Okay, I have to go listen to some more Yoshida Brothers now.
The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley