Saint of Mt. Koya
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"The night was already at its deepest ebb, so to speak, and even the idiot boy's heavy snoring could no longer be heard from the other room; suddenly I realized something was moving around outside the house.

"It sounded like animal footsteps and they seemed to be quite near the house. At first I tried to calm my anxiety by reminding myself that there were many monkeys and frogs in this area, and yet somehow that did not seem to explain the noise I was hearing. Presently, I realized that whatever it was had come right up to the front door of the house and was bleating like a sheep.

"As I was lying with my head toward the door, it sounded as though the creature was right beside my pillow. Soon I heard another sound; the beating of a bird's wings which came from beneath the hydrangea that were growing off to the right of the front door.

"Next I heard something on the roof that sounded like it might be a flying squirrel, and then something huge approached the house making my blood run cold; it mooed like a cow. Next, some creature came running up from a distance with quick, short steps; it sounded as though the thing was wearing straw sandals on its feet. And so on it went as groups of animals continued to surround and assault the house. All told, I could hear perhaps twenty or thirty of them with their ragged, rasping breath and frantically beating wings. It was like a scene from one of those painted screens that depicts the sufferings of animals in Hell. In the light of the moon I could see the silhouettes of ghastly figures cavorting and dancing across the front door of the house. I wondered what sort of evil spirits they were, for in their frenzy they sounded like fallen leaves restlessly fluttering in the wind.


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