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Legends from Old Japanese Books

In a corner of The Scroll House in Konoha, we found this old serial legend novel entitled Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari (translated to be The Legend of the Gallant Jiraiya). Apparently, in Japan, the legendary Sannin's names: Jiraiya, Tsunade and Orochimaru were not first seen in Naruto. The names originated from The Legend of the Gallant Jiraiya which was written by different hands and published in 43 installments from 1839 to 1868. Here our scribes did a short summary of the story, where we can see the origins of Jiraiya's affinity for Toads, Tsunade and snails and ofcause, Orochimaru and his Snake summons... (see also Slug, Snake Toad)

 
 

 

Legend of the Gallant Jiraiya

" Jiraiya (literally 'Young Thunder'), was the scion of a powerful clan from Kyushu. When the family fell on hard times he went to Echigo province, now Niigata Prefecture, became a freebooter and rose to the position of chief of a chivalrous band of robbers.

He was initiated into toad magic by an immortal who resided on Mount Myoko, popularly known as Echigo Fuji. He failed to overcome and kill a hated rival, an older man named Sarashina, who was the cause of his family's ruin.

Jiraiya fell in love and married Tsunade, a beautiful young woman who was skilled in snail magic. Later, one of Jiraiya's followers, Yashagoro, was overcome by the spell of a serpent and became skilled in serpent magic. He took the name Orochimaru (Orochi means `monstrous snake') and attacked Jiraiya. Together with his wife, Jiraiya battled with this magician, but they were infected with the serpent's venom and fell unconscious. Fortunately another of Jiraiya's followers, whose life he had once saved, came to his rescue. At this point, without conclusion, the tale abruptly ends.

Toad, serpent, bird, spider, and snail magic were the principal types of magic practiced by thaumaturges in old Japan. They were supposed to be incompatible with each other, but in this story, at least, love found a way. "

*Source : Kiseido Go Server

 

 

 

 

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