I love the Hainu familiars and got curious. Some of the other familiars are based on monsters or myths from different cultures, so I decided to see if the Hainu were based on anything like that.
I was kind of surprised that they are, but that they aren’t that well known.
The Hainu or winged dog is a popular image in the city of Chikugo in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.
There are two stories about what the Hainu is. In one, Toyotomi Hideyoshi during his Kyūshū Campaign of 1587 encountered a vicious one that had been attacking farm animals and though he killed it he admired it’s courage and erected a monument in honor of it. In the second story it was his pet instead and it’s buried under the monument erected in the city.
I think it’s fascinating to see the real life correlations to things in FR, it’s fun to see what parallels can be drawn between worlds I think^^