Legend of the Tailed Beasts - Advanced Bijuu Directory Featuring the Nine Bijuus from the Japanese Legend and the tale itself, this is a brand fresh official collection of information. I had lots of trouble to gather this, but it?s done! Thanks go to my friend Pato9, who helped translating. Part 2 revolves around this, so I might want to contribute and make you guys die below a pile of new theories that will pop after this. Enjoy! Legend of the Tailed Beasts In the ancient Japan, according to the legend, each elemental god was sealed into an elemental shrine. Out of the 9 Bijuu, 5 of them were elemental gods, those being Shukaku, of the Wind; Kyuubi, of Fire; Isonade, of Water; Raijuu, of Lightning, and Kaku of Earth. In the Legend of the Tailed Beasts, the 5 elemental gods were sealed with instruments called ?The Tools of Power? (法器). Not all of them are known, and their translation may be not accurate, but all resemble a type of varied container (kettle, prison, altar, etc.) After researching for a while, I?ve discovered that the ?Tools of Power? descend from the ?Eight Immortals? from the Chinese mythology. They?re deities who transfer their individual energy to each ?Tool of Power?, that is able to give life or destroy evil. Together, the eight tools are called "Covert Eight Immortals" (暗八仙); (Though only five appear in the Legend, and it may be a varied version of it). The Immortals are: Immortal Woman He (He Xiangu), Royal Uncle Cao (Cao Guojiu), Iron-crutch Li (Li Tieguai), Lan Caihe, L? Dongbin, Philosopher Han Xiang (Han Xiang Zi), Elder Zhang Guo and Zhongli Quan. Personal Notes: For a moment I associated the Immortal Woman to Sakura <insert snicker> and Iron Crutch Li to Lee, and even some of the others to characters from the Rookie 9 + Gai Team; but everything is too vague. Continuing the Elemental Shrine story: There were respective shrines dedicated to these elemental Bijuu scattered through Japan?s territory, being the Fire shrine the strongest. Though, the shines keep releasing spiritual energy even while the Bijuu are sealed within sleeping, and this power from the 5 shrines goes to the Five-Tails: Houkou. After Yamata no Orochi got the legendary sword Kusanagi no Tsurugi from the Kusanagi Clan, it defeated Nekomata and Houkou (Check Yamata no Orochi?s tale). Yamata no Orochi then proceeded to release a tremendous amount of dark power to awaken the five elemental Bijuu, that were sealed in the 5 shrines, with the purpose of bringing chaos between worlds. It ended up fighting the one deserving of the title ?King of Bijuu?: Kyuubi no Youko. It has an unending amount of chakra, and because of that, Yamata no Orochi was defeated. -----Bijuu Directory----- 一尾 | 守鶴 - One Tail (Ichibi), ShukakuAs we all know, this is Gaara's demon, a wild, extravagant monster. Jinchuuriki: Sabaku no Gaara (Extracted) Tale in the Legend of the Tailed Beasts： Shukaku is a bijuu in the form of Raccon Dog (Tanuki of the Japanese mythology). Before, he was a priest that lived in the Desert of Nara. Because of the dark power released by Yamata no Orochi, and under the heavy assault of wind and sand, he transformed into a racoon dog (His actual form). He has a playful and extravagant personality, resembling the Tanuki nature. Has a pretty active sexual life. Shukaku lives in the souls of people killed by the wind and sand (This actually resembles the case of Gaara?s mother). The violet (blue in the anime) tatoos represent his title of God of Wind. Situation in the Ancient War of the 9 Gods： Battled 5 times; 1 Win, 3 Losses, 1 Flee Wins： Sokou Losses： Raijuu, Nekomata, Isonade Escapes： Yamata no Orochi Fate： Shukaku is defeated by a Nara Monk called Oraga Nakashimu with a type of magic art. Then, the monk proceeds to use the "Tool of Power: Antler Teakettle" to seal it into the seal in the Wind Shrine. Japanese Myth Appearance: A species of Tanuki, Yellow body Ability: Sandstorms, has the control of Wind and Sand manipulation. Bijuu Strength Ranking： 8th Bijuu Chakra/Stamina Ranking： 9th Symbolic Element： Wind (God of Wind) Origin / Discovered in： Nara Desert Personal Notes: Shukaku is represented as the reincarnation of a Sand Priest in the series (which would be the poor guy transformed by the Sand and Wind.) More info about Shukaku: About Tanuki: (From Wikipedia) Tanuki have been part of Japanese myth since ancient times. The mythical tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shapeshifting, but somewhat gullible and absent-minded. Tanuki in folklore: The current humorous image of tanuki is thought to have been developed during the Kamakura era. The wild tanuki has unusually large testicles, a feature often comically exaggerated in artistic depictions of tanuki. Tanuki may be shown with their testicles flung over their backs like a traveller's pack, or using them as drums. Tanuki are also typically depicted as having large bellies. They may be shown drumming on their bellies instead of their testicles, especially in children's art. During the Kamakura and Muromachi eras, some stories began to include more frightening, man-eating tanuki. The otogizōshi story of "Kachi-kachi Yama" features a tanuki that clubs an old lady to death and serves her to her unknowing husband as "old lady soup". Other stories report tanuki as being harmless and productive members of society. Several shrines have stories of past priests who were tanuki in disguise. A popular tale known as Bunbuku chagama is about a tanuki who fooled a monk by transforming into a tea-kettle. Another is about a tanuki who tricked a hunter by disguising his arms as tree boughs, until he spread both arms at the same time and fell off the tree. Tanuki are said to cheat merchants with leaves they have magically disguised as paper money. Some stories describe tanuki as using leaves as part of their own shape-shifting magic. Statues of tanuki can be found outside many Japanese temples and restaurants, especially noodle shops. These statues often wear a big, cone-shaped hat and carry a bottle of sake. Tanuki statues always have a large belly, although contemporary sculptures may or may not show the traditional large testicles. These exaggerated features represent fertility and plenty.