Thursday, March 8, 2012

Legend of The Nine Tailed Bijuu's

If you haven’t noticed by now, I like mythological creature’s and one of my oddities is to tell their stories to others in hopes that they find them as interesting as I do.  The last time I brought to light the legends of Loki’s three children. Fenrir, Jormungandr and Hel. Now I bring to light nine different god’s  from Chinese/ Japanese mythology widely known as the nine Bijuu’s. Made modernly popular by the hit manga Naruto.
 But these stories have nothing to do with the account’s of the story line of Naruto. Even though the writer did use the nine bijuu’s in his story. He does change their name’s to fit certain characteristic’s of his story. But before I begin each tail of the nine bijou’s, I would like to start off with a small history, and from there each week will have it’s own nine tailed god. Just to keep you in suspense. And now we begin a tour through their history.

In ancient Japan, according to legend, each elemental god was sealed into an elemental shrine. Out of the nine Bijuu. Five of them were elemental gods, those being the Shukaku of the Wind, Kyuubi of Fire, Isonade of Water, Raijuu of Lighting and Kaku of Earth.

In the legend of the tailed beasts, the five elemental gods were sealed in instruments called “The Tools of Power”.  In this part of the legend it is connected to Chinese mythology where the The Tools of Power descend from the “Eight Immortals”. They’re deities who transfer their individual energy to each Tool of Power, that was able to give life or destroy. Together the eight tools are called “Covery Eight Immortals”. The Immortals are: Immortal Woman He (He Xiangu), Royal Uncle Cao (Cao Guojiu), Iron-Crutch Li (Li Tieguai), Lan Caihe, Lu Dongbin, Philosopher Han Xiang (Han Xiang Zi), Elder Zhang Guo and Zhongi Quan.

Continuing on to the Elemental Shrine story which makes its direction into Japanese mythology. There were respective shrines dedicated to these elemental Bijuu scattered through Japan’s territory,  five for each element. Wind, Water, Earth, Lighting and Fire being the strongest.  Although the five Bijuu’s sleep tombed within the shrines, their spiritual energy continues to release itself. The energy itself finds its way to the five tailed Houkou which I will discuss on another day.

After Yamata No Orochi (the eight headed, eight tailed Bijuu) stole a legendary sword Kusanagi no Tsurugi from the Kusanagi Clan, it defeated the Nekomata (two tailed Bijuu) and Houkou (five tailed Bijuu). Yamata No Orochi then proceeded to release a dark power to awake the five elemental Bijuu, that were sealed within the five shrines. With the purpose of bringing chaos between the spiritual world and the natural world.

In my next article I will delve into the different Bijuu’s leading from the one tailed Shukaku to the Nine tailed Kyuubi and there disambiguation’s and appearances through out pop culture amongst other things. I hope you enjoyed this little tale, and hope you’ll come back for more next week.

Ruben Webbz


  1. tsk tsk, even you fell for that fanfiction. the "legend of the tailed beasts" is a naruto fanfiction lots of those so called bijju do not exist in japanese folklore, namely the sokou, which, funnily enough, is given a japanese ideogram name but is read "nezumizame". for more information :
    go read a book instead of the internet

    1. Nah, man, that can't be right. Tailed Beasts do exist in Japanese folklore, as far as I know at least. Believe me, folklores regarding the wandering knight Susano'o defeating the eight-tailed beast Yamata no Orochi is pretty popular, both in Japan and anywhere else.

      That's not to say the ones in Naruto are completely correct, because Kishimoto did alter them quite a bit in his story.

    2. Japanese mythology dictated 5 elements based upon yin and yang mixtures. Fire, wood, earth, metal, and water, which is embodied by the sacred five guardians. The elements refered here put this whole post as BS .