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The forbidden treasure: Onigari-no-ryuou

The Onigari-no-ryuou is a sword, the most valuable artifact the Furude Shrine owns. Long ago, when humans and demons inhabited the world, the Onigari-no-ryuou was used to defeat the demon god. Nobody has seen the sword for a thousand years since, however it's supposed to be sealed inside the statue of Oyashiro-sama and will remain there so long as belief in Oyashiro-sama continues.

The Onigari-no-ryuou is only mentioned in forbidden scrolls of the Furude Shrine, thus only a handful of family members know of its existence. The sword is said to resemble a willow branch and was given to a girl named Ouka, who received a divine command to defeat the demon god. Ouka Furude is said to be the first human-demon hybrid to ever exist; the swords of humans and demons by themselves couldn't defeat the demon god, so a sword wielded by one who had mixed blood could defeat him. The Onigari-no-ryuou's tip split three ways, representing Heaven, Earth, and unity in people. Ouka took her treasured sword, headed to the swamp and defeated the demon god. The exact outcome is unclear; some scrolls say Ouka disciplined the god, others say he ran away or surrendered. The oldest scroll says the demon god's horn was destroyed, though other books don't mention that.

With the demon god defeated, the Onigari-no-ryuou was sealed away, its purpose complete. Some believe that this sword was one that shouldn't exist in the human world anymore and was thus removed. Others say that Ouka was the daughter of the demon god and sought to get rid of the sword that banished her mother.

It is also suggested that Oyashiro-sama himself was the same demon god. The cult of Oyashiro-sama was dedicated to preventing the demon god from returning to the human world through worship. This concept is somewhat similar to the modern worship of Oyashiro-sama, however it conflicts with his image as a god of marriage and good relationships. It was believed that all humans were good by nature, and Oyashiro-sama sowed discord in them.

The forbidden scrolls of the Furude Shrine were forbidden since the image of Oyashiro-sama prsetned in them conflicted with modern-day beliefs. If one takes the scrolls to be true, it would mean the Furude family was descended from one who killed her own mother; the entire bloodline is cursed. The Onigari-no-ryuou represents the sins of the human world and of the Furude family.

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