posted on Mar, 9 2022 @ 12:41 PM
According to The Guardian, a volcanic rock known as the "death stone," which tradition claims possessed a malevolent spirit and killed anyone who
touched it, was discovered split in two in Japan on Monday.
According to The Guardian, "the changed corpse of Tamamo-no-Mae, a lovely woman" — traditions say she was actually a kybi no kitsune or
nine-tailed fox spirit — who participated in a secret plot "to kill Emperor Toba, who reigned from 1107-1123" was found in "the Sessho-seki, or
stone’ splits in two, releasing superstitions amid the sulphur springs
"The Death Stone of Nasu Moor" as told by my wife.
Predictions of dark forces being unleashed by an evil vixen hung over social media in Japan on Monday after a famous volcanic rock said to kill anyone
who comes into contact with it was found split in two.
According to the mythology surrounding the Sessho-seki, or killing stone, the object contains the transformed corpse of Tamamo-no-Mae, a beautiful
woman who had been part of a secret plot hatched by a feudal warlord to kill Emperor Toba, who reigned from 1107-1123.
Legend has it that her true identity was an evil nine-tailed fox whose spirit is embedded in the hunk of lava, located in an area of Tochigi
prefecture, near Tokyo, famous for its sulphurous hot springs.
Its separation into two roughly equal parts, believed to have occurred within the past few days, has spooked online users who noted that, according to
folklore, the stone continually spews poisonous gas – hence its name.
While the stone was said to have been destroyed, and its spirit exorcised by a Buddhist monk who scattered its pieces across Japan, many Japanese
prefer to believe that its home is on the slopes of Mount Nasu.
Visitors to the area, a popular sightseeing spot, recoiled in horror at the weekend after witnesses posted photos of the fractured stone, a length of
rope that had been secured around its circumference lying on the ground.
According to legend, a Buddhist priest named Genn stops to rest beneath this rock (Sessho-seki, or "Death stone") while traveling across the lonely
moors of Nasu. A spirit emerges right away and warns him that staying in this location puts his life in jeopardy, because not just men, but also
animals and beasts will perish if they even touch it. The spirit, along with a chorus of other spirits, then tell the priest in poetry how once upon a
time there lived a maiden who was as learned and accomplished and she was breathtakingly beautiful. The Emperor Toba-no-In took her as his favorite
concubine and abandoned all state duties for her sake. One night, at a feast at the Palace, the lights went out, and a mystical coruscation erupted
from the maiden's body, illuminating the entire scene, while the emperor himself succumbed to a great sickness. The maiden was expelled from the
imperial presence and flew away through the air to the moor of Nasu, where she resumed her previous shape, that of a nine-tailed fox, based on the
representations of the court magician, Abe-no-Yasunari. The spirit appears again, confessing to the priest that it is none other than the wraith of
the witch whose story has just been told, and recounts how, after fleeing the palace, she was pursued by dogs and hunters with bows and arrows through
the moors of Nasu, the origin, as the chorus obligingly explains, of the Japanese sport of inu ou mono, or "dog-hunting." The priest then uses
Buddhist incantations to exorcise the bad demon.
Two prints of "The Death Stone of Nasu Moor" drawn by Yo#oshi for his from "36 Ghosts" series. The image is from an e-book that I have of the
prints. I also own a very old physical copy of the "36 Ghosts" collection of prints.