Lit. "Path of Hungry Ghosts"; the second lowest realm of the Six Realms of Buddhism, filled with craving and eternal starvation.
Also known as: Candraprabha
Lit.: "Moonlight/Lunar Radiance Bodhisattva", a bodhisattva whose specialty is moonlight and good health, often seen with her sister Nikkou Bosatsu, the Sunlight Bodhisattva, with whom she serves Yakushirurikou Nyorai, the Medicine Buddha. They are also sometimes attendants of Kannon.
Also known as: gebakuhou (外縛法), gaibaku
Lit.: "outer bind"; a method of tying a spirit body or physical body to one place such that they cannot move, also commonly called "paralysis". Kagetora and company use gebakuhou when they wish to perform «choubuku» on especially powerful spirits or a large host of spirits during "kouhou-choubuku" or "kekkai-choubuku", etc.
Also called: Hube
Gwendal's cousin on his father's side who married into the Grisela family.
Japanese-style wooden clogs
Lit.: "Mound of the Selfless"
The mound which holds the remains of those executed in the Kasuke Ikki, built to honor them after those remains turned up during construction in 1950. Located in Miyabuchi, Matsumoto.
The 96th emperor of Japan, whose reign from 1318 to 1339 was a rocky one; he became emperor at the age of 29, tried to overthrow the Kamakura Shogunate, was exiled, became emperor again after capturing the Kamakura Shogunate with the support of Ashikaga Takauji (destroying the Houjou Clan in the process), began a restoration aimed at making him the most powerful ruler in the East, was chased out of Kyoto by Ashikaga Takauji, and established the Southern Court in Yoshino in 1336 in opposition to the Northern Court established by Ashikaga in Kyoto. He died of illness in 1339.
Also know as: godaison (五大尊)
Lit.: "Five Great Kings of Wisdom"; the five kings are fierce/wrathful deities who correspond to the five directions: Fudou Myouou is in the center, Gouzanze Myouou in the east, Gundari Myouou in the south, Daiitoku Myouou in the west, and Kongouyasha Myouou in the north. Their wisdom is contained in dharani and mantras.
The Five Wisdom Kings live in the Diamond Realm.
Also known as: Gohou Douji of the Sword
Lit.: "Dharma-protecting boy"; a variety of demon-deity in the service of Bishamonten who can be summoned by a high priest with mikkyou to do his bidding. They look like boys of 9 or 10 with red hair and golden skin who wear a thousand swords and ride on top of a magic wheel. Their power and skills are varied and depend on the power of their summoners.
In Mirage of Blaze, Takaya summons the Gohou Douji by writing Bishamonten's mantra on a piece of paper in Sanskrit and wrapping it around a dagger while chanting On beishiramandaya sowaka, then drawing Bishamonten’s seed syllable in the air above the blade before placing the fore- and middle fingers of his right hand against his forehead. He then touches the sword to his fingers, whereupon the paper ignites, and the Gohou Douji appears from the fire.
Lit. "five-stripe robe", a simple ceremonial mantle worn by Buddhist priests over their monk's robes, it is traditionally made by sewing together five pieces of rectangular cloth and represents Shakyamuni Buddha's original robe.
Lit.: "Rite of Buddhist cedar-stick burning platform"; enormous pyres used in Esoteric Buddhism for public prayer, made up of thousands of cedar wooden sticks with inscriptions of people's prayers. These rites originated in India as a way of making offerings to the gods.
There are various types of goma rituals, including those used for prayers for good health, fortune, and peace, as well as those used for exorcisms and summoning the protection of the gods.
Lit. "wave of self-protection"; the goshinha is a protective mesh spun from fine strands of spiritual energy which surrounds the caster and protects from an opponent's spiritual as well as physical attacks. The mesh gains strength and stability when it is multi-layered and becomes the goshinheki. The goshinha is Naoe's forte.
Lit.: "wall of self-protection"; the goshinheki is a barrier constructed for an instant using spiritual energy. The goshinha is effective when maintained, but the goshinheki takes shape in the instant the caster is attacked and is a basic method of self-protection. However, its weakness is that it cannot protect the caster against 100% of the damage caused by the attack.
Lit.: "fifth/tenth day"
A day of the month that is divisible by 5 (5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th). In Japan, paydays and settlement of accounts are customarily done on one of these days, leading to busy teller windows and traffic congestion.
A city located in Nagasaki which comprises the south-west half of the Gotou-Retto Islands in the South China Sea.
Also known as: Trailokyavijaya Vidya-raja, Conqueror of the Three Worlds
One of the Five Great Kings of Wisdom, whose direction is the east, his name signifies victory over enemies of the three worlds of the manifested universe, which are the celestial, earthly, and infernal realms. He is a wrathful god whose color is blue. He is generally depicted with three faces, eight arms, and two of his hands crossed at his breast in the mudra known as vajrahumkara (dairikikei 大力契, or "vow of immense strength" in Japanese).
His wisdom is the adarsa-jnana (大円鏡智), or "great perfect mirror wisdom", which is the wisdom to clearly elucidate all things.
Grantz is located on the northern tip of Shinma Kingdom and is the birthplace of Adalbert von Grantz.
A metaphysical formation created by High Priest Tenkai as the foundation for his spell effecting eternal peace and security for the Tokugawa Shogunate. The Houjou planned to exploit it as a power-focus in their quest to conquer the country. The three points of the right triangle are: Mt. Nikkou (north), Sunosaki Shrine (south), and the Toushou Shrine at Mt. Kunou (west).
Also known as: Josa
Race: half Human (mother), half Mazoku (father)
Josak is Conrad's childhood friend and comrade-in-arms. He has blue eyes, orange hair, and a muscular upper body that Yuuri describes as being perfect for a baseball outfielder. He has a husky, jazzy voice and dresses up as a woman when required by his duties. He can be ruthless when the situation demands it. His weapon is the axe.
Also known as: Kundali
One of the Five Great Kings of Wisdom, whose direction is the south.
His wisdom is the samata-jnana (平等性智), or "wisdom of equality".
The northern-most prefecture of the Kanto region of Japan's main island of Honshuu.
Titles: Lord, Excellency
Adviser/tutor to the king (and entirely devoted to Yuuri), an outstanding swordsman as well as sorcerer. Conrad's teacher. Günter is descended from the Lake Shore People, from whom he gets his lilac-colored eyes. He has long, thick gray hair and looks around 30 (150 Mazoku years). Scion of one of the Ten Aristocratic Houses.
Also called: Gwen
Titles: Lord, Excellency, Highness (former)
Eldest son of Cäcilie von Spitzweg, the former Maou. Cäcilie fell in love with and married Gwendal's father, an older man, when she could still be called a girl.
Gwendal has longish dark gray hair, blue eyes, and generally has a dour expression on his face. Yuuri decides on the Godfather Love Song as his theme song.
According to Conrad, he loves Shinma Kingdom more than anyone, but he does so to the exclusion of (and sometimes at the expense of) everything else.
The Japanese version of Chinese dumplings, typically consisting of minced pork, cabbage, Chinese chives, sesame oil, and garlic/ginger in a thin dough wrapping and boiled or pan-fried.
Lit.: "beef bowl": a Japanese dish consisting of rice covered with beef and onion simmered in a mildly sweet sauce flavored with soy sauce and mirin. It's a very popular dish in Japan, where it can be found in many restaurants and fast food chains.