Minamoto no Yorimutsu

Minamoto no Yorimutsu
Minamoto no Yorimutsu by Kikuchi Yōsai.
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  • Occupation: Warrior

Minamoto no Yorimutsu

Minamoto no Yorimutsu (源 頼光) has ties to the creature known as the Shuten-dōji. In this tale he learns that this Yokai has captured several maidens, and so he takes a band of men with him in an attempt to free them from Mount Ōe. Diguised as monks they are made to sit through a feast of human flesh whilst they wait for the drugged sake they brought with them to take affect on the Shuten-doji and his army on Oni.

Once it has done so they decapitate the creature and his army, freeing the maidens and taking them to safety.1

Footnotes

1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: over Publications, Inc.

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