Patreon Poll: Piercings in Oni Culture
This has been a very frequently asked question, especially by the amazing Nyri Bakkalian for her work Shiogama Waves, which deals with oni and their culture a lot. My Patrons voted for it, so here you go!
Piercing culture in oni culture is very important and intimate. Its origins began with tengu slavery during the pre- and early-Heian eras, where oni were “tagged” with certain piercings to show their purpose and jobs within tengu communities. This was an act of shaming, for tengu are culturally forbidden from marring their bodies in any ways, be that piercing, tattoos, or even war scars. Oni, however, took it a step further, and used them as self-expression and as ways of expressing rank, even long after the days of slavery.
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▪️They cut him open, and there was WaTiba - intact in her dress,
WaTiba, wary of life, had found a new address.
We are delighted to share some of the lines from our respected writer, Amit Ranjan.
Find Me Leonard Cohen, I’m Almost Thirty is Amit Ranjan’s debut collection of poems. His poems, short stories, and essays have been published in various journals like La Zaporogue, Anti Serious, Cold Noon, Muse India, The Equator Line, Daily O, The Hindu, Apollonianetc. Recently, his chapter in a book on demonetization charting a cultural history of the phenomena has been widely appreciated. Amit has also written four plays, two of which were performed in Delhi, Calcutta and Tunisia; with him also having acted in both. Three of his books are forthcoming next year –a non-fiction work on Dara Shikoh, a non- fiction book on John Lang, and an English translation of Ms Mridula Garg’s Sahitya Akademi Award winning novel Miljul Mann.
Amit Ranjan will be Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at FIU, Miami this year. His PhD research from JNU, about John Lang –lawyer of Rani of Jhansi, as also a prolific writer and journalist – is internationally acclaimed. Amit has been a recipient of Fulbright, Endeavour and Inlaks fellowships earlier. He has also been a delegate at Australia India Youth Dialogue, and a writer at Sangam House Writers’ Residency. Amit has taught literature at St Stephen’s College, FIU and other places. Before taking up a career in academia, he was a journalist with India Today and Outlook groups.
Post & Caption- Wa Tiba
To that one beautiful smile of a girl,
Netra, as I write this, I realise most people talk about time, about three hundred and sixty five days that flipped their life. But for a change, hear me today, because I know few nice words can help a person more than they think.
It’s true that there haven’t been any moments to see you in person and create unposed memories with you. But I won’t lie, your nonchalant smile and attitude can restore my belief in existence of good humans, or at least a little more than a being.
Amidst all the mankind chaos,I remember someone tell me, it is still possible for a person to love another without having to see them and today, I realise that I claimed to have fallen in love with you.
I see my happiness in you, I see everything so pure, everything that I have never felt in my life. I see all of them together,every time you smile in the pictures you post. A simple gorgeous smile, it’s the kind of healing that I would remember in another hundred lifetime.
There is so much more than the words I’m stringing today to let you know that you’re beautiful. Even if I can’t see you, you will still be equally beautiful and each morning I wake up thinking how you’ve understood your own “ self-discovery”,not taking the fast moving trains that others do. You have made me realise that all we need to do is look inside and respect.
So yes, all of the love and gratitude I’ve harboured in my heart is intertwining words today and writing to you is a beautiful light, still is.
A never seen girl