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Nintōjō

Jaken Wielding Nintojo

Nintōjō

Nihongo

人頭杖

Name meaning

Human Head Cane

Viz Manga

Staff of the Skulls

English TV

Staff of Two Heads

Historical information

Purpose

To find Inu no Taishō's tomb

Age

Around 200 years old

Wielder

Jaken, and presumably Sesshōmaru

Physical information

Type

Staff

Origin/Material

Wood

Debut

Manga Debut

Chapter 12

InuYasha Anime

Episode 5

Movie Debut

Affections Touching Across Time

Game Debut

The Secret of the Cursed Mask

The Nintōjō (人頭杖, にんとうじょう, "Human Head Cane"), also known as the Staff of Two Heads in the English version of the anime, was the weapon which Jaken wielded. It could produce long streams of flame, and generated large floods of water.

After Sesshōmaru saved Jaken and his imp tribe from being slaughtered Jaken decided to follow him.Sesshōmaru retrieved the Staff from a waterfall and gave it to Jaken. If he could wield it, he would be allowed to join Sesshōmaru on his travels.[1]

Physical descriptionEdit

It looks like the name it was given. On half of the top of the staff, sat the head of an old man, and on the other, sat the head of a once-beautiful woman with silky black hair. The staff was taller than Jaken himself.

Powers & AbilitiesEdit

The Nintōjō has few abilities. The old man head can spew an impressive amount of fire upon Jaken's command. When close to the grave of Tōga, the old man's head laughs, but when at the wrong place, the woman's head shrieks.

After the location of the Inu no Taishō's tomb, Jaken retains the Nintōjō, which can still spew fire from the old man's head.

TriviaEdit

  • The Nintōgō dates back to Japan's earliest history. It was meant to symbolize the impermanence of life. It was associated with Enma, the most important of the 10 Kings of Hell, who is sometimes shown holding this object. Enma is associated with long life and protection from illness and misfortune. Artwork of the 10 Kings includes a staff surmounted with two human heads that comprise one male and one female. This object is known as the Dandatō (檀拏幢). The two heads assist the kings during the trials of the deceased. The male head, known as Kaguhana (嗅鼻, "Nose that sniffs misdeeds"), is shown with its mouth open, for he is reporting the misdeeds of the deceased. The female head, known as Mirume (視目, "Eyes that see hidden faults"), is shown with its mouth closed. A person must appear before Enma and the other judges of hell when they die. They determine whether the person is good or bad. The person is then reborn into the most appropriate of the six realms.[2]

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