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.
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.