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    The sign of the Wu

    The sign of the Wu appears on the brow of those people whose soul has been combined to the soul of a sanjiyan. The linking grants the bearer of the Wu the protection of the sanjiyan, which practically means immortality and ability to regenerate all wounds, just like the sanjiyan. The word Wu refers to the person who carries the symbol as well as to the symbol itself on their forhead. The status of "Wu" can be revoked or changed via extremely powerful magics, like the humanification process.

    The Wu's primary function is to act as a guardian of the sanjiyan when she recovers her strength after using powerful magics. Pai's sanjiyan side also refers to the Wu as slaves, but this is propably just a jest. We are not told whether the sanjiyan had other uses for their Wu as well.

    Although Yakumo is the sole Wu of Pai, we are not told if sanjiyan can have more than one Wu. If can, this perhaps is the immortality Kaiyan Wang was offering to his liberators. The only other Wu we meet is Benares, but that does not prove he was the only Wu of Kaiyan Wang.

    We never get to know if only humans can become Wu. This sounds impropable.

    (The actual "Wu" character is variously said to represent:

    "A multitude of men, acting upon a forest, felling the trees, clearing a tract of land. ... Hence ... the general abstract notions of vanishing, defect, want, negation."

    "A person kneeling at a table, head turned, indicating that they are unable to eat any more.")
    Ningen no Zou
    (Statue of Humanity)

    The statue with the power to make Sanjiyans into human beings. The humanification process requires three Sanjiyans: two are stripped of their special powers, which are simultaneously transferred to the third Sanjiyan.

    When the statue was made is not known. It certainly does not predate humanity, as we are told. Also known as the Ningen Nouzo, this statue has the power to transform a sanjiyan into human. The central object of attention on the first two parts, but gets dumped aside in the later parts in favor of the quest to recover Pai's memory. Why Benares didn't go get the statue after the sanjiyan was out of his way? He already had decided not to resurrect Kaiyan Wang. The statue collected dust in Hong Kong for the rest of the series. Since the story's focus is elsewhere we never get to know if Shun-li Kwong ever attempted to use the statue to resurrect Kaiyan Wang.

    Professor Fujii apparently found the statue during his journeys (perhaps from Tibet) before meeting Pai and brought it into into Hong Kong, where he left it in the care of Ling Ling Lee at the Yogekishu.

    The statue packs a little surprise that is not mentioned in the OAVs : three sanjiyuan are needed to activate it. Two of the sanjiyan that use the statue lose their powers and become human while the third one gains the powers. The whole series takes it's name from the fact that three sanjiyan are needed : three times three eyes. Because only two sanjiyan are left on the OAVs, the statue is in fact unusable...
    Hyouma (Possessor Devil)
    The Hyouma are a magic-using Indian clan who need the Sanjiyans to reproduce. They are so powerful that babies will often possess their mother while in the womb, causing shocking deformities. The Hyouma aided Sanjiyans in battle, and in return Hyouma women were made "Wu". Thus, the baby could be safely "killed" inside the womb and taken out before it possessed the mother.

    The Hyouma live in a Butisvara, a fictional republic on the Indian border. The leader of the clan is also the king of the country.

    The Hyouma's power is to allow them to "merge" with other creatures or monsters, and thus possess the power of that creature. They normally have human form, but when necessary they can change form to harness the power of "merged" creatures.
    Shiva's Claw
    A device which will keep a Sanjiyan in a naive state and suppress the dangerous, powerful personality. It also stops the Sanjiyan from worry about anything (and he/she can easily defend themselves while wearing Shiva's Claw).

    It consists of a piece of cloth of palm's size with three holes for the thumb, the middle finger and the tail finger to fit in. On the cloth, there is a Sanskrit character.

    The claw works in the following way for Pai [PY's conjecture]: Without the claw, Sanjiyan comes out unpredicatably (although she does usually when Pai is tired or asleep). With the claw, Sanjiyan is prevented from emerging, so that she won't wreak havoc. In return, she can harness some power of Sanjiyan by chanting some sanskrit spell. However, this power is never up to the level of a wakened Sanjiyan. (That's why Pai was asked to take off the claw when Galga seemed to be gaining the upper hand in vol.8.)

    1987 Yuzo Takada/Kodansha. Exclusively licensed throughout the United States and Canada by Geneon Entertainment Inc.

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