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Kumasaka no Chōhan, the ghost of an outlaw priest, strikes a dramatic pose in the Nō play ‘Kumasaka’. He is dressed in elaborate robes, the trousers decorated with thunderbolts and the upper robe with the comma design associated with Raiden, the god of thunder.
Kumasaka was killed when he attacked the retinue accompanying the young Minamoto no Yoshitsune, who had studied martial arts with the tengu demons.
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Tengu are powerful mountain goblins. Two types appear in Japanese art, one with a long nose, and the other with a beak and claws. One identifying feature of both is a feathered fan.