02/17/09 – 12:49pm (the demon’s sermon)

(i’ve been lovin this book! – it’s awesome…)

“The Demon’s Sermon on the Martial Arts”

0210092134

by – ISSAI CHOZANSHI (1659-1741)

“Woven deeply into the martial traditions and folklore of Japan, the fearsome Tengu dwell in the country’s mountain forest. Mythical half-man, half-bird creatures with long noses, Tengu have always inspired dread and awe, inhabiting a liminal world between the human and the demonic, and guarding the most hidden secrets of swordsmanship. In The Demon’s Sermon on the Martial Arts, a translation of the 18th-century samurai classic by Issai Chozanshi, an anonymous swordsman journeys to the heart of Mt. Kurama, the traditional domain of these formidable beings. There he encounters a host of demon; through a series of discussions and often playful discourse, they reveal to him the very deepest principles of the martial arts, and show how the secrets of sword fighting impart the truths of life itself.”

read more here: http://www.amazon.com/Demons-Sermon-Martial-Arts/dp/4770030185

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~ by your fellowman on 17/02/2009.

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