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Japan's 'killer stone' splits in two

According to a well known Japanese tradition, a demon was released from within, the consequences of which are unknown to the world, due to toxic fumes.

Japan's 'killer stone' splits in two

Legend has it that the Sessho-seki, or killing stone, is, or was, a large rock located at the foot of the volcanic mountains of Nasu, in Japan, whose history said that anyone who touched it would die.

Inside it was said to hold the spirit of a powerful demon or evil spirit, a mythological creature in the form of a nine-tailed fox that did not like to be disturbed. And that stone has been broken.

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What happened to the Japanese 'killer stone'?

The stone was surrounded by a rope, because experts had already noticed the toll the weather had taken on it, and that rope held the rock together. Whether due to the passage of time, the rain, the cold... the rope has broken, and so has the stone.

The local press speaks of a Buddhist monk who had already performed some rituals, as if it were an exorcism, around the Sessho-seki, to convince the evil spirit to stop inhabiting it, so it wouldn't matter if it had broken, since it wouldn't have the Tamamo-no-Mae, or nine-tailed fox, inside it. Social media was quick to discuss.

According to Japanese folklore, its identity was actually an evil nine-tailed fox, embedded in a piece of lava from Tochigi Prefecture, an area near Tokyo known for its hot springs. And based on the legend, the danger of the stone lies in its toxic fumes.