You know, there’s been something that bothered me ever since I became a Miko fan. Both Futo and Miko (and Tojiko, too but she was…indisposed, I guess is the word I’m looking for) went through the same process to leave their mortal bodies behind: they both became Shikaisen.
Futo doesn’t have the power of the legends of Prince Shotoku behind her. Miko is effectively semi-divine due to this, iirc.
But if divinity plays a part in becoming a hermit, how did Seiga manage it? Iirc, Seiga’s been kicked out of heaven and has a thing for corpses, not exactly what I’d file under ‘divine’. And yet she’s a full blown hermit. It just doesn’t make sense to me.
Also, Kasen doesn’t strike me as divine, either
Well, then again, maybe I’m just overthinking this stuff. This is Gensoukyou, after all. Can’t be held back by common sense and all that…
Well, Futo’s status as a Shikaisen just puts her in the lowest tier of hermit style immortality. Seiga and Miko are also hermits of this variety. Seiga has simply lived longer and does everything she can for her own benefit.
Faith is a powerful thing in Gensokyo, as Hopeless Masquerade and Kanako’s general desire for it should illustrate. The belief in the legends of Prince Shoutoku should logically empower Miko in a similar way. She’s even listed as a saint in official materials.
As for Kasen, it’s pretty clearly implied in WaHH that she’s not a hermit and probably not even human to begin with. A long lifespan is easy to fake as a youkai, I’d wager. She also appears to not be (emulating) a chinese/taoist hermit like the type the, well, Taoists are. It’s not exactly clear about whether or not there’s other methods for being a hermit, but Kasen certainly gives no indication that she faked her death.
First of all, thanks for the answer. I really apreciate you taking your time to answer me. Also, I wasn’t aware that there were implications that Kasen wasn’t an actual hermit. I have to admit, I have yet to fully read WaHH but from what I saw others write(and the title of the book) I just assumed she was a real hermit. Thanks for clarifying that.
There’s just something last I want to clarify:
Thing is, according to the actual taoist texts you don’t need to fake your death to become a hermit. You only fake your death and subsequently become a Shikaisen in the case that you don’t manage to attain hermit-hood during your lifetime. In other words, it’s possible to become a hermit without needing to fake your death. It’s still a long and difficult process, though. If Kasen is in fact supernatural she’d likely stand a good chance to turn into a hermit if she wants to, simply from how long her lifespan already is(though it’d almost defeat the purpose, wouldn’t it?).
So yeah, as I said, I’m completely overthinking those things*shrug*
Another, completely unrelated thing: The editor of WaHH apparently has implied in Chapter 21 that Kasen is actually an Oni. Here, check it out.
Well, from what I remember of Miko and Futo’s backstories, they did do the fake death method. Using a sword and plate, respectively. Seiga’s backstory is unclear so I suppose only Zun knows what sort of hermit she is.
I think the only reason there’s a distinction between Miko and Futo is that due to who Miko is/was before her time in stasis or whatever, she has more power and has a different type of existence.
As for Kasen being a hermit while also being an oni, who knows. It’s not like the rules of Gensokyoan hermits have been clarified much. She certainly seems more deceptive and cunning than the other oni.
Lastly, I actually enjoy talking about this sort of thing and trying to figure it out so having a discussion about the nature of Gensokyo’s hermits is something that doesn’t bother me at all to do. (Even if I personally don’t like Seiga at all.)