Hannya isn't a demon. Once she was a girl who fell in love with traveling monk.
Opened mouth is called A-gyo (pronounced ahh-gyō), means “the beginning”. Closed mouth is called Un-gyo, means “the end”.
In old days people would believe that kitsune (fox) and tanuki (Japanese raccoon) had a supernatural power and they would tricked and confused people.
It is said that right before Confucius was born a Kirin appeared and an auspicious scroll came out from its mouth. The scroll said that child of water spirit would become a person who had a virtue of
The literal meaning is Chinese lion. Another name is Komainu. Komainu used to have a horn. Nowadays they are mixed and have no deference. And originally they were the same lion from Mesopotamia.
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