japanese monks

More single session “Best of” quotes: This time in a Necromancer’s labyrinth.

Sorcerer: I cast prestidigitation to make a light show over the stone slab.
ADHD Monk: I start dancing on the slab.
DM (me): You break into this place that smells of death and the first thing you do is make a disco?!

ADHD Monk: When you Smite Evil, you have to yell it like a Sailor Moon attack.
Paladin: What even is Smite Evil in Japanese?
ADHD Monk: DOGEKII! Also the whole building explodes!

Paladin: I use Lay on Hands to heal myself.
DM: Oh really? Well, the Death Knight uses its Touch of Corruption to heal itself.
ADHD Monk: (To Paladin) Oh shit! He’s you!
Paladin: Hey yeah, you’re right!

Iron Fist:  Real Racism

So I’ve read several reviews of Iron Fist and many, either in the review or prior, made statements about how Danny Rand being white is racist.  I’ve come to an actual conclusion on this.

Netflix’s Iron Fist does have something you could conceive as racist in it.

No, it isn’t about Danny.  And if ANYONE actually cared about racism, rather than tearing down white people, I’d actually take their critiques seriously.  But I have yet to hear this argument.  AT ALL.

So what is this issue in Iron Fist that I’d actually accept as racist, if that argument was made?

The inherent blending of The Hand, The Immortal Weapons, Gao and Kun’lun.

The Hand is Japanese.  They’re ninjas, use Japanese Kanji and their leadership are Japanese.

Kun’lun, and the majority of Iron Fist, deals with CHINESE concepts.  Chinese martial arts, Chinese philosophy, Kun’Lun is located around the Tibet-China region.  Gao’s actress is from Hong Kong.

So why is the inherently Japanese Hand now the mortal enemies of the Chinese area Kun’lun?  Why is The Hand, who are goddamn ninjas, learning Kung Fu and Drunken Boxing style?  

And why is Gao, who in Daredevil Season 1 is portrayed as separate from The Hand and who speaks Mandarin, now a Hand agent?  Why is the Bride of Nine Spiders a member of The Hand?

The Immortal Weapons, Kun’lun, and The Hand are different.  Danny didn’t even really FIGHT The Hand until well into his Heroes for Hire days and, in the comics, post Shadowland.

I have NEVER seen anyone make these arguments that by shoving all of these together, they’re effectively creating a homogeneous “Asian” category that interchanges between Chinese martial arts, Japanese ninjas and Tibetan monks almost on a whim.  

Personally?  I don’t take too much umbrage with this.  But I thought the people so concerned about racism that they’d boycott or penalize the show would’ve actually picked up on it.  So why didn’t they?

Well, for starters, lets get out of the way that these dipshits don’t care about racism.  They care about an easy way to show everyone who progressive they are and bitching about Danny being white is perfect for that.  Low risk.  Danny is white and it poses no problem to shit on a white person, whereas going after depictions of Asian people might actually open somebody, often white themselves, to a barrage of counter attacks.

Or we could also go with option 2.  They’re racist themselves.  After all, when you consider all black people to be the same, all white people to be the same, why should asian people be different?  Putting them all into one group won’t be hard, so why should they care?  

While I personally don’t much care, if these reviewers even deigned to mention that they’re turning The Hand into a “Homogeneous Asian Villain” or that a society of goddamn ninjas turned to Drunken Boxing style, Kung Fu and being at war with a Tibetan Mystical Nation, I MIGHT have bought that they were actually concerned with racism and not just trying to point score. 

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Boy’s ceremonial kimono. Meiji period (1868-1911), Japan.  The Kimono Gallery. A plain silk miyamairi kimono used for christening a baby boy at a Shinto ceremony, featuring yuzen and painting depictions of the famous folktale battle scene of Gojo Bridge. The Gojo Bridge folktale painted on this kimono involves two beloved historical figures that have been turned into legends. The first of the two historical figures was Benkei, a Japanese warrior monk (sohei) who left the Buddhist monastery and became a ‘yamabushi’, a member of a sect of mountain ascetics who were recognizable by their black caps. The second figure is Minamoto no Yoshitsune, a son of the warlord Minamoto no Yoshitomo. As depicted on this kimono, Benkei posted himself at Gojō Bridge in Kyoto, where he disarmed every passing swordsman, eventually collecting 999 swords. On his 1000th duel, Benkei was defeated by Minamoto no Yoshitsune – thereafter, he became a retainer of Yoshitsune. Benkei is painted in detail on this miyamairi kimono, while Minamoto no Yoshitsune is represented merely by a sword – a clever way to highlight Benkei and simplify the image. This legend is very suitable for a boy’s kimono - parents would want their boy to grow up to be as brave and noble as these two famous legends. The painting is very detailed relative to most miyamairi kimonos: the river waves, the bridge, and especially the carefully-rendered bamboo grass and flower motifs on Benkei’s kimono and hakama are wonderfully executed.

Legendary Creatures [A]
  • Á Bao A Qu (Malay) - An entity that lives in the Tower of Victory in Chitor.
  • Aatxe (Basque) - A spirit that takes the form of a bull.
  • Abaasy (Yakuts) - Demons that have teeth of iron.
  • Abada (African) - Small type of unicorn reported to live in the lands of the African Congo.
  • Äbädä (Tatar) - Forest spirit.
  • Abaia (Melanesia) - Huge magical eel.
  • Abarimon (Medieval Bestiaries) - Savage humanoid with backward feet.
  • Abath (Malay) - One-horned animal.
  • Abura-sumashi (Japanese) - Creature from a mountain pass in Kumamoto Prefecture.
  • Acephali (Greek) - Headless humanoids.
  • Acheri (Indian) - Disease-bringing ghost.
  • Achlis (Roman) - Curious elk.
  • Adar Llwch Gwin (Welsh) - Giant birds that understand human languages.
  • Adaro (Solomon Islands) - Malevolent merfolk.
  • Adhene (Manx) - Nature spirit.
  • Adlet (Inuit) - Vampiric dog-human hybrid
  • Adroanzi (Lugbara) - Nature spirit.
  • Adze (Ewe people) - An African vampiric-forest being.
  • Aerico (Greek) - Disease demon.
  • Afanc (Welsh) - Lake monster (exact lake varies by story).
  • Agni (Hindu) - God of fire and sacrifices.
  • Agathodaemon (Greek) - Spirit of vinefields and grainfields.
  • Agloolik (Inuit) - Ice spirit that aids hunters and fishermen.
  • Agogwe (East Africa) - Small, ape-like humanoid.
  • Ahkiyyini (Inuit) - Animated skeleton that causes shipwrecks.
  • Ahuizotl (Aztec) - Anthropophagous dog-monkey hybrid.
  • Ahlden Gentree (Philippines) - Demon with enormous jaw.
  • Aigamuxa (Khoikhoi) - Anthropophagous humanoid with eyes in its instep.
  • Aigikampoi (Etruscan) - Fish-tailed goat.
  • Airavata (Hindu) - Divine Elephant.
  • Aitu (Polynesian) - Malevolent spirits or demons.
  • Aitvaras (Lithuanian) - Household spirit.
  • Ajatar (Finnish) - Dragon.
  • Akateko (Japanese) - Tree-dwelling monster.
  • Akhlut (Inuit) - Orca-wolf shapeshifter.
  • Akka (Finnish) - Female spirits or minor goddesses.
  • Akki (Japanese) - Large, grotesque humanoid.
  • Akkorokamui (Ainu) - Sea monster.
  • Akuma (Japanese) - Evil spirit.
  • Akupara (Hindu) - Giant turtle that supports the world.
  • Akurojin-no-hi (Japanese) - Ghostly flame which causes disease.
  • Al (Armenian and Persian) - Spirit that steals unborn babies and livers from pregnant women.
  • Ala (Slavic) - Bad weather demon.
  • Alal (Chaldean) - queen of the full moon.
  • Alan (Philippine) - Winged humanoid that steals reproductive waste to make children.
  • Alce (Heraldic) - Wingless griffin.
  • Aleya (Bengali) - Spirit of a dead fisherman.
  • Alicanto (Chilean) - Bird that eats gold and silver.
  • Alicorn - A winged unicorn from the Latin “ala” (wing) and “corn” (horn).
  • Alkonost (Slavic) - Angelic bird with human head and breasts.
  • Allocamelus (Heraldic) - Ass-camel hybrid.
  • Almas (Mongolian) - Savage humanoid.
  • Al-mi'raj (Islamic) - One-horned rabbit.
  • Aloja (Catalan) - Female water spirit.
  • Alom-bag-winno-sis (Abenaki) - Little people and tricksters.
  • Alp (German) - Male night-demon.
  • Alphyn (Heraldic) - Lion-like creature, sometimes with dragon or goat forelegs.
  • Alp-luachra (Irish) - Parasitic fairy.
  • Al Rakim (Islamic) - Guard dog of the Seven Sleepers.
  • Alseid (Greek) - Grove nymph.
  • Alû (Assyrian) - Leprous demon.
  • Alux (Mayan) - Little people.
  • Amaburakosagi (Japanese) - Ritual disciplinary demon from Shikoku.
  • Amala (Tsimshian) - Giant who holds up the world.
  • Amamehagi (Japanese) - Ritual disciplinary demon from Hokuriku.
  • Amanojaku (Japanese) - Small demon.
  • Amarok (Inuit) - Giant wolf.
  • Amarum (Quechua) - Water boa spirit.
  • Amazake-babaa (Japanese) - Disease-causing hag.
  • Amemasu (Ainu) - Lake monster.
  • Ammit (Ancient Egyptian) - Female demon with a body that was part lion, hippopotamus and crocodile.
  • Amorōnagu (Japanese) - Tennyo from the island of Amami Ōshima.
  • Amphiptere (Heraldic) - Winged serpent.
  • Amphisbaena (Greek) - Serpent with a head at each end.
  • Anak (Jewish) - Giant.
  • Androsphinx (Ancient Egyptian) - Human-headed sphinx.
  • Angel (mainly Christian, Jewish, Islamic traditions) - From the Greek ángelos, divine beings of Heaven who act as mediators between God and humans; the counterparts of Demons.
  • Angha (Persian) - Dog-lion-peacock hybrid.
  • Ani Hyuntikwalaski (Cherokee) - Lightning spirit.
  • Ankou (French) - Skeletal grave watcher with a lantern and a scythe.
  • Anmo (Japanese) - Ritual disciplinary demon from Iwate Prefecture.
  • Antaeus (Greek) - A giant who was extremely strong as long as he remained in contact with the ground.
  • Anubis (Ancient Egyptian) - The God of the Underworld
  • Antero Vipunen (Finnish) - Subterranean giant.
  • Ao Ao (Guaraní) - Anthropophagous peccary or sheep.
  • Aobōzu (Japanese) - Blue monk who kidnaps children.
  • Apkallu (Sumerian) - Fish-human hybrid that attends the god Enki.
  • Apsaras (Buddhist and Hindu) - Female cloud spirit.
  • Aqrabuamelu (Akkadian) - Human-scorpion hybrid.
  • Ardat-Lili (Akkadian) - Disease demon.
  • Argus Panoptes (Greek) - Hundred-eyed giant.
  • Arikura-no-baba (Japanese) - Old woman with magical powers.
  • Arimaspi (Greek) - One-eyed humanoid.
  • Arion (Greek) - Extremely swift horse with a green mane and the power of speech.
  • Arkan Sonney (Manx) - Fairy hedgehog.
  • Asag (Sumerian) - Hideous rock demon.
  • Asakku (Sumerian) - Demon.
  • Asanbosam (West Africa) - Iron-toothed vampire.
  • Asena (Turkic) - Blue-maned wolf.
  • A-senee-ki-wakw (Abenaki) - Stone-giant.
  • Ashi-magari (Japanese) - Invisible tendril that impedes movement.
  • Asiman (Dahomey) - Vampiric possession spirit.
  • Askefrue (Germanic) - Female tree spirit.
  • Ask-wee-da-eed (Abenaki) - Fire elemental and spectral fire.
  • Asobibi (Japanese) - Spectral fire from Kōchi Prefecture.
  • Aspidochelone (Medieval Bestiaries) - Island-sized whale or sea turtle.
  • Asrai (English) - Water spirit.
  • Astomi (Greek) - Humanoid sustained by pleasant smells instead of food.
  • Aswang (Philippine) - Carrion-eating humanoid.
  • Atomy (English) - Surprisingly small creature.
  • Ato-oi-kozō (Japanese) - Invisible spirit that follows people.
  • Atshen (Inuit) - Anthropophagous spirit.
  • Auloniad (Greek) - Pasture nymph.
  • Avalerion (Medieval Bestiary) - King of the birds.
  • Awa-hon-do (Abenaki) - Insect spirit.
  • Axex (Ancient Egyptian) - Falcon-lion hybrid.
  • Ayakashi (Japanese) - Sea-serpent that travels over boats in an arc while dripping oil.
  • Ayakashi-no-ayashibi (Japanese) - Spectral fire from Ishikawa Prefecture.
  • Aziza (Dahomey) - Little people that help hunters.
  • Azukiarai (Japanese) - Spirit that washes azuki beans along riversides.
  • Azukibabaa (Japanese) - Bean-grinding hag who devours people.
  • Azukitogi (Japanese) - Spirit that washes azuki beans along riversides.

From Wikipedia, See the Rest of the Alphabet HERE.

“Because the mind is stained and stopped by things, we are warned against letting this happen, and are urged to seek after it and to return it to ourselves. We should be like the lotus which is unstained by the mud from which it rises. Even though the mud exists, we are not to be distressed by this. One makes his mind like the well-polished crystal which remains unstained even if put in the mud. He lets it go where it wishes.”
  ―  Takuan Souhou