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The Hannya mask is used in many noh and kyōgen Japanese plays, as well as in Shinto ritual kagura dances. The Hannya mask portrays the souls of women who have become demons due to obsession or jealousy. Plays in which a person may wear the Hannya mask include Aoi no Ue and Dōjōji . its use in these two plays, two of the most famous of the Noh repertoire, and its distinctive and frightening appearance make it one of the most recognizable Noh masks.
The Hannya mask is said to be demonic and dangerous but also sorrowful and tormented, displaying the complexity of human emotions. When the actor looks straight ahead, the mask appears frightening and angry; when tilted slightly down, the face of the demon appears to be sorrowful, as though crying. The oldest hannya mask is dated 1558.
Hannya masks appear in various skin tones: a white mask indicates a woman of aristocratic status (such as Rokujō in Aoi no Ue), a red mask depicts a low-class woman (seen in Dōjōji), and the darkest red depicts true demons (revealed after appearing as women, as in Momijigari and Kurozuka.)
The dragon is a popular and powerful design worn by both women and men, and although it can be designed in various sizes, the detailing and shading involved in most depictions often make this tattoo a larger-sized project. Some of the attributes and traits associated with the dragon are strength, courage, and independence.
Koi is a Japanese word for Carp. Japanese people have, for years, used Koi fish tattoo designs as a cultural symbol for overcoming adversity. Stories are told of how they climb waterfalls that have strong currents. It is said Koi was determined to reach the top of the waterfall so it persevered and succeeded.
Red Lotus: The red lotus is the Heart Lotus. Symbolizing the original state of the heart, a red lotus symbolizes love, compassion, passion, and other emotions of the heart. This lotus flower is often depicted as an open bloom to symbolize the ideal state of the heart.
Pink Lotus: The pink lotus is the lotus of the Buddha himself, while the white lotus symbolizes lesser religious figures. It is also said to represent the history of the Buddha, Buddhism, and the tales of Buddhism.
Purple Lotus: The purple lotus has almost entirely fallen out of use in the Buddhist religion. Often depicted in a cup or on a platter, it symbolizes an homage to Buddhist deities. On the whole, it symbolizes a mystic view of the religion and spirituality.
The lotus flower has many different meanings with each meaning being based on any one of a number of factors. Religion, the way the lotus is depicted (open, closed, partially open), the and the color all have unique and specific meanings.
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