They say hannya has four expressions, anger, sorrow, jealousy and agony.
Hannya looks like an Oni, but it wasn’t originally an Oni. It used to be a human, a girl who went mad with jealousy and anger.
It looks as if it’s ashamed of its own pitiful appearance.
Hannya mask is a mask used in Noh, one of traditional Japanese plays, for female Oni. For example, “Dojo-ji temple (Anchin and Kiyohime)” is a very popular Noh story that a hanna mask is used.
The summary of Dojo-ji Temple
Anchin is a traveling monk. Kiyohime fell in love with him though she should have known it was not allowed. He lied to run away from her.
She ran after him. He ran away from her. She started to hate him while she was chasing him, but she still loved him.
Finally she turned into a snake with distorted emotions and burnt him to death.
The thing is that Hannya is still in progress. There are four phases, normal, Namanari, Chunari (Hannya) and Honnari (snake).
Which stage is your girlfriend/wife at?
by Tattooist Ryugen