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24 December 2004 @ 09:37 am
Due to recent comments  
I feel it neccessary to expound
On tengu-ness

First of all what I feel is "avian"
Not like the idealized:
Doe-eyed greeting card doves, perfect blonde cherubim and seraphim on Christmas ornaments, American eagles keeping solemn protective vigil over the interests of rich men in suits, gentle internet gryphons holding tea-parties

But like the bird I know through my pets and my interest in biological history
Ruffled, neurotic, temperamental, beady-eyed and alien, beneath the feathers a reptile running at a warm-blooded pace

But of course in myth a tengu is more than just a bird
Scruffy, rowdy, a fireball from heaven
Sent to undo the hypocritical and the vain
Curious and impulsive to a fault
Ugly, wild, grotesque and not caring - the embodiment of otoko-e
Garuda dancing with and devouring the serpents, his
Laughter filling the ears of the squeamish with terror and disgust
But joy to those who can stand to hear it

But what does a tengu do then
In this hyperbolized-onna-e world that no longer understands the concept of wabi-sabi
(the acceptance and love of the imperfect and that which has character over that which is perfect and improbable)
I confess that my tengu-like nature has at times
Made me desire to punch holes in the faces of anime girls
And devour the large shiny eyeballs
Behind which I can honestly see no soul
And that tengu depicted as bishounen crow angels
Truly drives me into a frothing rage
How can anything go more against their nature
Which means so much to me?
I admit I have gone raging across the internet
Where my inhibitions are less
Upsetting the delicate constitutions of those who cannot deal with a tengu's world-view
In which nothing is sacred
Everything is to be doubted and tested
And laughter is divine

And watching Hollywood and politicians go about their business on TV
I fear that goblins may soon be extinct
And that most will be gladdened by this

And that is all that I have to say.
Discuss if you wish.
zestykitsune on December 25th, 2004 06:00 am (UTC)
*love syou very very much right now*
kinjouten on December 25th, 2004 08:02 am (UTC)
Not all would be happy at the demise of the fantastical and grotesque from the world, though I can see how one could feel that way.

I have faith in the fantastical and grotesque. It's pretty much outlasted anything that so far humanity has had to offer, LOL. I'm pretty confident that these things will be here long after others are long gone.
ONISHIROU__oni_no_kaze__ on December 26th, 2004 11:01 pm (UTC)
The Oni could hug you right now...if it weren't for the fact that you're a Tengu and I'm an Oni. Not that it really matters...oh well. Nevermind.

Well written, well said!
Happily, we Oni don't really have all that much of a problem with being "bishi-fied". We're nearly all citizens of Jigoku, guardians of all the 136 levels of Dread Lord Emma-O's dark kingdom. To most unenlightened people, were just simply demons or ogres; bad guys. And bad guys like us are usually very, very ugly.

Which means that whilst the Tengu and many other Youkai may fade into pop-culture obscura, We the Oni will still be standing true! W00t!
Now I'm going back to finish eating my Liver of a Young Girl. Human Livers, a cure all? BRILLIANT!
crowgoblin on December 26th, 2004 11:25 pm (UTC)
you better save me

ONISHIROU__oni_no_kaze__ on December 28th, 2004 01:50 am (UTC)
Heh heh
But they're so tasty!
Duranfractal_sutra on May 20th, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
This is prolly one of the coolest descriptions of Tengu I've ever heard!!!!!!!!!!~hops around cawing~