Occulted City Vol.8 Nuwe
27th Nov 2017
Tempest (Original Mix)
4 : 01
Cam Lasky - Tempest (Original Mix)
Tempest (Babie GION Washing of the Water Mix)
Cam Lasky, Babie GION
Cam Lasky, Babie GION - Tempest (Babie GION Washing of the Water Mix)
4 : 22
Black Cloud (Original Mix)
Cam Lasky - Black Cloud (Original Mix)
4 : 22
Performed by BabieGION (2)
Produced, Written and Performed by Cam Lasky
Engineered & Mixed by Sonar Graham
P&C 2017 Cam Lasky under exclusive license from KWAIOTO Records
The Nuwe (鵺) is a legendary Japanese yōkai or mononoke.
In the Heike Monogatari, it is described as having the face of a monkey, the legs of a tiger, the body of a tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog) and the front half of a snake for a tail. In other writings nothing is stated about its torso, so it is sometimes depicted to have the torso of a tiger. The Genpei Jōsuiki describes it as having the back of a tiger, the legs of a tanuki, the tail of a fox, the head of a cat, and the torso of a chicken. Due to its appearance, it is sometimes referred to as a Japanese chimera.
It is said to make terribly eerie bird cry "hyoo hyoo" noises that resemble that of the scaly thrush.
The nuwe is thought to have started appearing in the late Heian period. For a more precise dating, different sources claim different periods, like the Emperor Nijō period, the Emperor Konoe period, the Emperor Go-Shirakawa period, or the Emperor Toba period.
The visual appearance may be a combination of the animals in the Sexagenary cycle, with a northeast Tiger, a southeast Snake, a southwest Monkey, and a northwest Qian (dog and wild boar).
Originally, the nuwe were stated to be a bird that resembles the green pheasant, but their precise identity is unknown. The 夜 within the 鵺 character is phonetic component and thus does not carry a meaning with it. The character 鵼 (kou or kuu) is determined to be a kind of strange bird. Due to the use of Man'yōgana, the historical spelling is known to have been nuwe. At this early time, although, it had a different semantic meaning. It referred to a bird known as White's thrush.
In Japan, they are considered a bird that makes cries at night, and the word can be seen in the Kojiki and the Man'yōshū. The owner of this crying voice was traditionally described as a yellow-red bird as big as a Columbidae, but nowadays there is the accepted theory that it is the scaly thrush. Since the people of the Heian Period regarded the sorrowful sounding voices of this bird as an ill omen, they were considered to be a wicked bird, and it is said that when the emperor or nobles heard its crying voice, they would make prayers that nothing disastrous would happen.
The monster in the Heike Monogatari, in the end, was merely "something that cries with the voice of a nuwe, its true nature unknown", and was not given a name. But nowadays, this particularly famous monster is usually identified as a "nuwe".
In a derived sense the word "nuwe" is also used to refer to entities of unknown true form.