Definitions

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  • n. a mythical Japanese creature, typically birdlike and having a long nose

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Examples

  • The yamabushi (which were real) were heavily influenced by esoteric Buddhism, and the tengu (legendary bird/man creatures with magical powers) were often said to be transformed or reincarnated monks, or in those stories where the tengu was a natural creature, was itself a practitioner of shugendou like practices.

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  • And from Japanese Buddhist mythology: the tengu … harbingers of death and war (they later became nature spirits).

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  • The tengu agrees to the man's proposal, but still all is not as it seems.

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  • But all is not as it seems, as the man claims he is no monk and seeks to strike a deal with tengu.

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  • This one is an Asian fantasy about a man seeking enlightenment who crosses paths with a goblin known as a tengu.

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  • The Buddhists have a long-held, slightly less charming view that tengu are actually highly disruptive demons and harbingers of war.

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  • RiChan deceo cumplido! ahora te toca cumplir tu parte del tratuu. .y mi nu hacer na para ayudar! xD tengu par de cosas para escribir ettoo. .dividiendo en dos nyaaa. .nya? x3

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  • In the Robin Hood story, Little John knocks Robin Hood off the bridge, but then becomes one of his Merry Men; in the Japanese story, Yoshitsune is trained by tengu in supernatural fighting skills, so even though he is small, he is able to defeat Benkei, who is quite large, on the bridge, and then Benkei becomes his right-hand man.

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  • I've convinced grandfather that you are a god, or at least a mountain goblin, a tengu, one of the magical warriors who are worshiped by our clan for their martial skill.

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  • NATURE IN SHORT/The long-nosed connection between yatsude and tengu

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