Shuten-dōji

Hear about Shuten-dōji on Episode 34 of our Podcast, the Japan Archives.

Shuten-dōji
Shuten-dōji portrayed by Toriyama Sekien.

Shuten-dōji

Shuten-dōji (酒呑童子) is a is a is a type of Yōkai depicted in the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki by Toriyama Sekien.

This creature is said to live on Mount Ōe where he keeps his treasure pile. Upon this mountain he also steal from travellers passing over it. He is often portrayed as a lazy creature, lounging on a pillow whilst surrounded by beautiful women who pour him sake. His hair is in the style of a childs, and he is said to wear a red hakama robe which could hint at him having a rather tender heart.

In tales he is said to rule over an army of Oni, with his top servant often stated as Ibaraki-dōji.

One tales involving Shuten-dōji involves the man known known as Minamoto no Yorimutsu. Yorimutsu hears tales of maidens who have been captured by Shuten-dōji and so he leads a raid in an attempt to free them. Disguising himself in the guise of a monk, he and his men have to sit through a feast of human flesh until the drugged sake they brought with them make Shuten-dōji fall into a deep slumber. They then quickly behead him and his Oni army and free the maidens.1

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Footnotes

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

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