Man eating Goblin
behind the sheet
So I thought I would give you a few since some are a bit on the scary side and Halloween is just around the corner. I have done a few tales of the legends/Myths of the Japanese Culture before and some have been even a bit too scary for me. However, since it is just a week till O's Halloween Eve I thought I would do a few stories as well as the movies that I have put on my blog for you my dears...
This tale is a rather creepy tale involving entrenched folk superstition, with Buddhist theology and Karmic principles of retribution for evil deeds that were done. As I have found in all Japanese legends there is always a lesson or retribution to some that has been wrong.... In this case, the Notion of a Jiki Ninki or Flesh-eating Goblin appears in several forms within the Japanese folk tales. As for the tale, it is very old and as for the original tale it is said to conjure up folks skin to tingles at the thought of encountering this dilapidated shrine hermitages along a darkened mountainous passages.
Here's is why...
The Tale started in 1904 When Muso Kokushi a priest of the Zen was sent journeying alone through the province of Mino while the priest lost his way through a mountain range district where there was nobody to direct him which way to go. For a very long time, the priest Muso Kokushi just wandered about helplessly and he was beginning to have despair in his thoughts about finding shelter for the night when he perceived on the top of a hill that were lighted by the last rays of the sun, one of those little hermitages, called anjitsu which were built for solitary priests. As the priest Muso Kokushi can to the old solitary building it was a bit ruinous in its condition, however, the priest Kokushi was eagerly and happy to have found a shelter. He did find that it was already inhabited by a very old aged priest, but that didn't stop him from begging the favor of lodging from the cold of night. However, the old age priest that inhabited the anjitsu harshly refused Mouso Kokushi; but he directed Muso to a certain hamlet in the valley adjoining where lodging and food would be obtained. After making his way down the mountain, Muso found his way to the hamlet, which consisted of less than a dozen farm cottages and he was kindly received at the dwelling of the headmaster of the village. When he was kindly received at the dwelling of the head of the hamlet village, forty to fifty people were assembled in the area when Muso's arrived. But he was shown into a tiny small separate room, where he was promptly supplied with food and bedding. Odd yet being very tired, he lay down to rest at an early hour; but a little before midnight he was roused from his sleep by a sound of loud weeping in the next room. This is what happened next! the sliding screens were gently pushed apart from his room and a young man carrying a lighted lantern entered Muso's room, respectfully saluted him and said, 'Reverend Sir, it is my painful duty to tell you that I am not the responsible head of this house. Yesterday I was only the eldest son, but when you came here, tired as you were, we did not wish that you should feel embarrassed in anyway. Therefore, we didn't tell you that father had died only a few hours before you arrived. You see the people had all assembled their last respects to the dead and are now going to another village that is three miles off, for it is our custom. No one is to remain in the village during the night after a death has taken place. We make the proper offering & prayers then the whole village leaves the corpse for the night. This is done because odd things have always happened over the centuries to our dead thus we leave; so we think it better for you to come away with us. We can find you good lodging with us in the village that we are going to. However, as you are a priest, you might not have no fear of demons or evil spirits as our town does. You are very welcome to use this poor house to stay if you aren't afraid, but I must tell you that nobody dares to remain here tonight'!
Muso Answer to the Headmaster;
'Thankyou for your kind intentions and your generous hospitality. I am deeply grateful for your concern.' Muso went on to say that he was sorry about his father death and even though he was tried he should have told him because he could have done his duty as a priest. Had he told him he would have performed the servie before their departure. Muso told the elder son that he would stay with the body till moring after perform the service when all have left. He isn't afraid or doesn't understand what he means about the danger of staying alone. So the young mand was rejoinced and assured to lead the village away for the night. So at midnight the reverend Muso was alone where the dead father layed. There were the usual offering that had been set beside the body and a small Buddhist lamp tomyo was burning too. Muso recited the service and performed the funeral cermoneis after which he entered into a meditation. Muso remained through several hours of silent meditation as was tradition in those anciet days in the silent village.
However, when the hush of the nigh was at its deepest---
Man Eating Goblin
This is his Tale---
"A long, long time ago, I was a priest in this desolate region. There was no other priest for many leagues around. So, in that time, the bodies of the mountain-folk who died used to be brought here,-- sometimes from great distances,-- in order that I might repeat over them the holy service. But I repeated the service and performed the rites only as a matter of business; -- I thought only of the food and the clothes that my sacred profession enabled me to gain. And because of this selfish impiety I was reborn, immediately after my death, into the state of a jikininki. Since then I have been obliged to feed upon the corpses of the people who die in this district: every one of them I must devour in the way that you saw last night... Now, reverend Sir, let me beseech you to perform a Segaki-service for me: help me by your prayers, I entreat you, so that I may be soon able to escape from this horrible state of existence"...
No sooner had the hermit uttered this petition than he disappeared; and the hermitage also disappeared at the same instant. And Muso Kokushi found himself kneeling alone in the high grass, beside an ancient and moss-grown tomb of the form called go-rin-is, which seemed to be the tomb of a
Well I hope you Enjoy this interesting tell
of the Jiki Ninki-Goblin Japanese Tale