Anonymous asked: The Dogu have almost certainly been around for a while--the giant Dogu and the Jomon style figurines in the Tsuta ruins are all very old. They could have been built by locals some time after Orochi's defeat at Shiranui and Nagi's hands but not very much considering the decay the place displays, but I think they're much older. I've got the feeling that Dogu were used for good in ancient times, maybe by shaman-type villagers to protect their homes and villages. They could be artifacts animated by
—Orochi’s malevolent forces. The bestiary even mentions that they were once used for good. I also have a personal headcanon that Orochi did not bring every single monster/demon with him, and that there were some sort of supernatural beings present before. The difference between these and the monsters from the Ark is that the Ark’s are /malevolent/, causing strife and chaos, while those already present were at worst mischievous. The dragonians would be part of that latter category.
The “spirits of earth, air, and sea” that the Oina worship might also be of this sort—benevolent otherworldly creatures. This is just all my speculation though!
Thank you for bringing this up—that’s a good point. It’s also interesting that the “ancient civilization” present long before the game is doubtless a parallel to Jomon culture as well, and yet they also brought many aspects of it into the not-so-ancient Kamiki Village. I can only imagine that they built those structures. There’s nothing Jomon about that door to Kamui, but the Tsuta Ruins are a big pointer. The crystal ball in Hana Valley could also be a shamanic tool. No one knows when Shinto truly formed, but Japan was home to shamanic cultures at least until the end of the Yayoi period.
I remember Orochi’s power having something to do with it too, now that you mention it. Stirring the spirits from their slumber or simply imbuing them with dark power.
Personal thought/Shintoism time: I also think that there are non-evil spirits that have inhabited the rivers and mountains of Nippon before Orochi and the Ark. In Shinto, there are kami who reside in Heaven (Takamagahara) and kami who live on Earth alongside humans and nature, and are inextricably connected with the two. You have kami who control forces of nature like Ryujin (King Wada) and Otohime, and kami who reside in (or simply are) large trees and rocks, and kami of man-made things like roads and toilets. In a vibrant and abundant world like Nippon, I also like to think that they inhabit the hills and valleys. Maybe we don’t see them because they were killed by demons over the last 200 years. The only other nature kami we meet is Sakuya, and she was brought over with Konohana from a distant land.
The Ainu concept of kamui is very similar to kami, and the words are similar, which I think most scholars agree is not a coincidence. So yes, I agree that Oina prayer is in the same religious vein, if not the same thing.