By Roald Knutsen
This totally illustrated quantity, together with an eight-page colour-plate part, is the 1st in-depth examine in English to check the warrior and shamanic features and value of tengu within the martial artwork tradition (bugei) of Muromachi Japan (1336-1573). in line with Roald Knutsen, who's well known for his writings at the samurai culture, prompting his life-long examine of tengu the part-human, part-animal creatures was once the early discovery that the tengu of the Muromachi interval have been interacting with the lethal severe bugei masters educating the humanities of struggle. the following have been beings who didn't agree to the comedian, goblin-like creatures of universal folklore and weren't the creations of the Buddhist clergymen cause on demonizing that which they didn't comprehend and will now not keep watch over. As this examine exhibits, the part-hidden tengu below evaluate handed on and taught the clearest concept of strategies and technique to bushi of the top calibre, the absorption and mastery of which regularly determined if the warrior and his extended family lived or have been annihilated at the all-too-frequent killing grounds of the Muromachi age. Tengu can be largely welcomed in lots of contexts together with stories in relation to martial arts, faith and folklore, shamanism and mythology, and the social and armed forces historical past of Japan.