TAMAMO-NO-MAE

According to some tales, an evil nine-tailed female fox, who committed evil deeds in India and China, managed to escaped her fate and fled to Japan, where she became a beautiful court lady named Tamamo-no-Mae. She successfully captured the heart of Emperor Toba. When he began to fall ill, the suspicious astrologer Abe no Yasunari discovered that Tamamo-no-Mae was in reality the nine-tailed fox in disguise. The evil fox was chased across the Nasuno moors, where she turned herself into a stone. This stone, called Sessh˘seki, the "Death Stone", was gripped by the power of the fox's evil and it stole the life from anybody who approached it. The spirit of Tamamo-no-Mae was finally redeemed by the famous Buddhist priest Gen'˘.

Ichimura Kakitsu IV portraying Tamamo-no-Mae in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III

Nakamura Shikan I portraying Tamamo-no-Mae in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I

 
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