Japanese boulder that’s been held captive by a demon since 1,000 years mysteriously cracks off

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An ancient Japanese rock that was once ‘Imprisoned for 1,000 years a demon’ has mysteriously split in half, indicating that dark forces have been unleashed.

The Sessho-seki, also known as The Killing Stone, a volcanic rock which is believed to house an evil spirit, sits on a volcano in central Japan not far from Tokyo.

According to Japanese mythology, this stone is said to have held an evil spirit and been so powerful that it killed anyone who came into contact with it.

Japanese locals and online users expressed concern that the stone would continue to spew poisonous gas even after it was split in two on March 5, according to Japanese authorities.



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The rock was believed to have held the evil nine-tailed Fox Demon Tamamoo-no Mae in prison

The Killing Stone is believed to hold Tamamoo-no Mae’s body. She was initially thought to be a beautiful women, but it later emerged that she was actually a nine-tailed-fox.

Japanese mythology says that Tamamoo-no­Mae was working with a powerful Japanese feudal ruler who plotted to kill Emperor Toba.

People have taken to social media to voice their concerns and speculate after the news of the breaking of the stone was made public.



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Locals shared their concerns via social media

One person penned: “Reading into this and it’s kinda scary, especially with the state the world is in right now, we don’t need any more darkness.”

The second comment: “I feel like I’ve seen something that shouldn’t be seen.”

The third was: “Who knows what this means? It’s creepy, that’s for sure.”

According to the Nasu Town Touring Information Centre, the stone had been broken in half over hundreds of years in Japan.



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Tamamo-no-Mae was said to be an ancient Japanese ghost who was thousands of years old

Officials in the area said that the stone had suffered from a crack for some time. Rain and freezing temperatures could have contributed to the stone’s splitting.

Masaharu Sugwara, chairman, of the Nasu Kogen Yumoto Guide Club said: “It’s natural, so it can’t be helped but it’s a shame because it’s a symbol of the local area.”

The stone was designated a historic site in the locality in 1957. It was also mentioned in Matsuo Basho’s seminal book The Narrow Road to Deep North.

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