Abe no seimei

     

Abe no Seimei (安倍 晴明) was the greatest onmyoji (Japanese wizard) lớn ever have lived. Much like Merlin, although he was once a real person, his life is surrounded by fascinating tales of his supernatural abilities!

Onmyoji: Japanese Wizards

The word onymoji directly translates to “those who study yin and yang”, they are those who practice onmyodo (aka “the path of yin và yang”). Onmyoji are similar khổng lồ Western magicians, wizards or astrologers. The people of the Heian Era (around 1000 years ago) believed that onmyoji were able khổng lồ use the stars lớn predict the future. They also believed that onmyoji could use their spiritual power to control spirits, yokai và yurei (ghosts). Onmyodo, came to nhật bản from Ancient china as Taoist magic. However, later onmyodo branched away from its Chinese roots, becoming influenced by Shintoism and Buddhism.

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Onmyoji were appointed by the Emperor, to lớn perform various ceremonies for the court. These ceremonies could prevent misfortune by appeasing wrathful spirits, exorcise ghosts & even guide the Emperor by predicting the future!

Abe no Seimei helped the Emperor of the time, as the most talented thành viên of the Bureau of Onmyoji (or Onmyoryo), the official government office for Onmyoji (because of course, in Japan, even wizards get khổng lồ be a part of bureaucracy).

The Factual History of Abe no Seimei


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Abe no Seimei from the trò chơi Miyako

Abe no Seimei as a fictional character first appears in the 1985 historical fantasy novel Teito Monogatari. The novel is based on stories about Abe no Seimei from the Uji Shui Monogatari.

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In 1988, Baku Yumemakura started a novel series namedOnmyoji, about Abe no Seimei’s life in the imperial court. Reiko Okano then turned the series into a wildly popular manga. Her manga started the trend of portraying Abe no Seimei as a bishounen (handsome young man), popular with girls & women.

The film Onmyoji, based on Baku Yumemakura’s novel came out in 2001. In 2004, a miniseries came out calledOnmyoji: Abe no Seimei

Abe no Seimei in Other Media

In the anime Nurarihyon no Mago, Abe no Seimei returns khổng lồ the modern era as an ayakashi (evil spirit).Abe no Seimei also appears in the manga Igyoujin Oniwakamaru as an evil spiritSeimei is an onmyoji in the animeGintama.The protagonist of the anime Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin is a descendant of Abe no Seimei.In the show Shounen Onmyoji, Abe no Masahiro is the grandson of Abe no Seimei.In Twin Stars Exorcist Abe no Seimei is the villain.The comedic anime Youkai Gakkou no Sensei Hajimemashita! features Seimei (called by his other name Haruaki) as a teacher in a class of yokai.The animeGaro: The Animationfeatures a female Abe no Seimei as its protagonist.Abe no Seimei is the protagonist in Onmyoji, a new sản phẩm điện thoại game.The television show,Folktales from Japan, shows the meeting of Seimei’s parents and early life when he was called Doujimaru (aka round child) in episode 83.In the thiết bị di động gameFate/Grand Order, Ashiya Doman uses Semei as a pseudonym.The animeMagical☆Shopping Arcade Abenobashi features Seimei.The horror/survivalPlayStation 2video gameKuonfeatures Seimei as a female exorcist.

References and Resources lớn Find out More!

On factual historical documents recording the life of Abe no Seimei: Shigeta, Shin’Ichi (2013). A Portrait of Abe no Seimei. Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 40 (1).On the accuracy of Abe no Seimei helping lớn defeat Tamamo-no-Mae: Kusano, Eisaburō. Stories Behind Noh & Kabuki Plays. Tokyo: Tokyo News Service, 1962. 80.On Abe no Seimei và Shuten Doji: Reider, Noriko T. Japanese Demon Lore: Oni from Ancient Times lớn the Present Utah State University Press, 2010. 113. (ISBN 0874217938)On Abe no Seimei’s mother: Goff, Janet. Conjuring Kuzunoha from the World of Abe no Seimei. A Kabuki Reader: History and Performance, ed. Samuel L. Leiter. New York: M. E. Sharpe, 2001. 271. (ISBN 0-7656-0704-2)On Abe no Seimei’s modern portrayal: Miller, Laura. “Extreme Makeover for a Heian-era Wizard”. Mechademia 3: Limits of the Human. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. 33.Discussing the defeat of Tamamo-no-Mae: Gilbertson, E. “Japanese Archery and Archers”.Transactions and Proceedings of the japan Society of London. Volume 4. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner và Co. Ltd., 1900. 118.Abe no Seimei’s genealogy: 宝賀寿男『古代氏族系譜集成』古代氏族研究会、1986年、369頁。また卒年85歳(「安倍氏系図」(『続群書類従』巻第170 所収)による)とも一致する。On Kuzu-no-Ha: Nozaki, Kiyoshi. Kitsune — Japan’s Fox of Mystery, Romance, & Humor. Tokyo: The Hokuseidô Press. 1961. 110-111

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