Tengu : Strange Creature from Japan
In Japan, there is a legend about a mysterious alien, the creature regarded as the devil and described as having a body half bird and half human. This creature is called by the name of Tengu. Incredibly, one mummy Tengu stored neatly in Aomori Prefecture.
Museum of Hachinohe in Aomori, northern Japan, is home to mummy Tengu who supposedly was originally owned by Nambu Nobuyori, Nambu clan leader who ruled Hachinohe in the mid-18th century. The mummy had a human head, but has hairy legs and wings like a bird. Tengu who has become a mummy is believed to come from the city of Nobeoka (Miyazaki prefecture) in southern Japan. Some theories mention that this mummy to northern Japan after bequeathed to several members of the ruling Japanese Samurai family, until it reached the Museum of Hachinohe in Aomori.
Tengu mythology begins around the 6th century BC in line with the arrival of Buddhism to Japan from China. Tengu considered a goblin who lives in the woods and mountains. They are said to have supernatural powers such as to change shape into a human or animal, can speak to people without opening his mouth and be able to move from one place to another quickly by using its wings.
Tengu word actually means “dog heaven”. In Chinese mythology, this creature also has its own place by the name of Tien Kou (Tiangou) which also means dog heaven. The name is actually not fit the description of Tengu. This creature has no way as a dog, but more like a bird.
The book Nihon Shoki, which is considered the most ancient records the first mention of Tengu, which was written in 720 AD, mentions that in the century that a meteor across the skies of Japan and the meteor was called by a Buddhist monk as Dog Heaven (Tengu). But how Tengu evolved from a meteor into flying creatures are not known with certainty.
In general, Tengu has two physical forms. The first is called Karasu mite that has a head and beak like a bird. The second was a Konoha tengu who has a shape like a human but has wings and a long nose (sometimes called Yamabushi tengu) Tengu the long nose as known today is the result of the depiction of people in the Middle Ages. In the story Konjaku Monogatari-sh?, mite described could run on air, and as a ghost-shaped kite that makes people possessed. Depiction is expected to take the model of Temma ghost in the Buddhist concept that described the human body and has a pair of wings.
Initial model mite likely to change in the first half of the Muromachi era. In a collection of folklore Otogiz? shi contained story Tengu no Dairi (Palace Tengu) that the main character named Kurama Tengu. In addition, Ushiwakamaru reportedly received art lessons at the Temple of the sword of Tengu Kurama.Dalam Tale Heike, mite be described as “Man but unlike humans, birds but not like a bird, a dog but not like dogs, hands and legs like a human hand and foot, face like a dog, has wings on either side, and can fly. “According to legend, when I was a kid, the legendary Japanese soldier named Minamoto no Yoshitsune who lived during the years 1159-1189 had practiced swordsmanship with the king of tengu Soujoubou near Kuramadera in the northern mountains of Kyoto.
There is no description and more information about the mummies on display at the museum Hachinohe. Is this really pure evil, Cryptozoology creature or a fake art from centuries past. Some researchers believe that the mummy is a man-made artwork, but no definite evidence provided to support the theory.