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(quoted from J.S.A Elisonas - The Jesuits, The Devil,And The Pollution In Japan. The Context Of A Syllabus Of Errors)The Shinshu dogmatist Zonkaku (1290-1373) developed that syncretist doctrine by classifying the Japanese deities into two categories. The first was called gonsha,"expedient deities," or reishin, "spirits with miraculous powers." These were avatars of the Buddhas, assisted the cause of the faith of Amida, and were to be hallowed. The second was called Jissha, "actual deities." These were jashin, "malevolent spirits," and were to be shunned.
(quoted from )The division of Shinto deities into jissha-shin and gonsha-shin was first expressed by the monk Teikei of Kofukuji Temple in the context of his attack against Nenbutsu Buddhism. Teikei divided Shinto deities into jissha-shin or the "true type" who are manifestations of demons and spirits, and gonsha-shin who, according to the theory of Honji-suijaku were originally Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and have manifested themselves in the forms of Shinto deities
As we know so far, Hidan is a member of the Jashin religion, "which commends slaughter, and where anything less than total destruction is considered a sin"
In both quotes at the top, jisha are illustrated as "demons" and "malevolent spirits"...
ok..so far..so good..
According to the two quotes up there, shinto (a native religion of Japan) deities got divided in two categories...and one of them is the jashin....the "dark, evil, malevolent side of shinto"...
(quoted by wikipedia)Shinto is a collection of rituals and methods meant to mediate the relations of living humans to kami
This definition perfectly fits to Hidan'S act..doesn't it?
Shinto has no binding set of dogma, no holiest place for worshippers, no person or kami deemed holiest, and no defined set of prayers.
In order to mediate the relation to his kami(god/s), Hidan has his own methods and rituals...
(wikipedia)Belief is not a central aspect in Shinto, and proper observation of ritual is more important than whether one "truly believes" in the ritual
You may say that Hidan follows the Buddhist precepts and not the shinto ones...well here you go :
(wikipedia)[...]Shinto has co-existed with Buddhism for well over a millennium, it is very difficult to untangle Shinto and Buddhist beliefs about the world[...]
The Ceremony is highly important to him...
...it's a connection between him and his praised kami...
Well...and who is his kami?
I don't know...it's said that there are over 8 millions kami....but for sure you can say it has to be an evil, dark one....maybe the shinigami(death god)?
That would make sense since the shinigami is the personification of death...and Hidan's seems to be immortal...
But well....it mustn't be the Shinigami we know because there are other death deities in Shintoism...
Why does Hidan pray? Only because he is highly religious?
Well...i do believe that through praying and sacrificing he receives immortality...
...maybe it does have something to do with the cycle of rebirth in Buddhism?
Mabye Hidan does have more than merely one soul in his body?
Maybe he can replicate his soul?
...and why should the kami provide immortality to Hidan?
You remember this:
?He belongs to the Jashin ("Evil God" or "Evil Heart") religion, which commends slaughter, and where anything less than total destruction is considered a sin
It's a possibility that through desctrution and killing, Hidan feeds his god/s...
More questions :
Why then does Hidan's skincolor does change during the ceremony?
Well...you can only speculate....maybe he receives another soul from his god?
With many souls in his body it means he must be killed more than once in order to die...and this would make him almost immortal...
Or mabye Hidan owns every soul of his enemys he killed...and he offers them to his god? In exchange he receives Immortality...
As you see, my theory is a raw one....it was whirring in my head...it had to go out
Just wanted to post my point of view and possibilities of Hidan's apparent immortality..
well...its a bit messy...sorry^^
Have new stuff^^
(thanks to the yama theory from turrin)
this is german and means:[...]Er tr?gt eine m?chtige Keule sowie ein Seil mit sich[...]
[...]He(Yama) carries a powerfull blackjack as well a rope[...]
[...]He holds a loop of rope in his left hand with which he pulls the soul from the corpse[...]
You see the analogies?
- weapon in the left hand
- a rope
- yama the god of death
- yama is one of the Guardians of the directions(analogy to akatsuki)
(more about the Guardians of the directions:
interesting stuff...you should read it...^^(more about Yama.