Seimei Abe was a master of "Ju." The Japanese word "Ju" is generally translated "curse" or "grudge" in English. However, Seimei Abe taught that it meant "binding," and he said that anything binding is "ju." An example of something binding is a person's name. A person was given his or her name; therefore, he or she could be recognized and differentiated from others by it. On the other hand, people were more or less bound by their names. A boy, named after a great man from a history, struggles to be as great as his name. Some would become successful and honor their names, but some would fail. They were bound and profoundly influenced by their own names.
In one of his myths, Seimei Abe was called Emperor. A supernatural being stole the Emperor's guitar, they said.
Seimei Abe was called because a supernatural being was involved. The Emperor asked him to bring his guitar. Seimei went to the East Gate of Kyoto Imperial Palace, where the music of his royal guitar was heard. Two other people accompanied him-a Samurai warrior named Hiromasa and a Buddhism monk called Kan-ei. When the three of them arrived at the gate, they heard the guitar music coming from the roof of the gatehouse. Seimei approached the person playing guitar on the roof, and asked his name. It turned out he was the ghost of a deceased member of an aristocrat family who was against the Emperor. He asked for the names of the three visitors, and they told him. Seimei lied, though, saying his name was "Masanari."
A moment later, the spirit called their names one by one: "Hiromasa, Kan-ei, and Masanari." The other two answered their names, but Seimei remained silent. The ghost spelled out their names, and suddenly Hiromasa and Kan-ei could no longer move. They were bound by the spell. Seimei was not bound by the curse of the ghost. He continued to intentionally tell the ghost fake names so that he would not be bound by the spell. Seimei spelled a word to get rid of the ghost so he could take back the imperial guitar.
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