The Dogs of Heaven – Tengu and the Secret Practice of Buddhism

May 13, 2019 - General
Yoshitoshi, Ushiwaka Maru learns Martial Arts from Sojobo, King of the Tengu, 1880

The Tengu (天狗)  are possibly the most recognizable of all the Japanese yokai. With their enormous black wings and faces of either a large crow or a red-faced, long-nosed, goblin. They are often dressed as Shugendō priests, having a long-standing association with our ascetics in the mountains. Many [Anchor] Shugendō consider the Tengu to be our brothers and protectors while traversing the Kurama Mountain ranges. But the Tengu did not always look this way.


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