But none of that really matters here. What does matter is that one of the resurrected humans is a Japanese warrior woman turned Buddhist nun named Tomoe. Played by a decidedly non-Asian woman in the SyFy series, by the way. That doesn't matter here either, although it does bug me a little.
No, it's the inclusion of a Japanese warrior woman turned Buddhist nun named Tomoe that I was interested in. Because back in the day, I was a big fan of a trilogy of fantasy novels written by Jessica Amanda Salmonson about a Japanese warrior woman turned Buddhist (or Shinto) nun named Tomoe Gozen. But that doesn't make any sense. Farmer's novels and the SyFy mini-series included historically real characters, right? Why would he choose to use a fictional character from a fantasy trilogy that no one in particular has even read?
Well, it turns out turns out that Tomoe Gozen was a indeed a real woman who lived around 800 years ago. And she was the rare female samurai who fought during the Genpei War*. Well, she most likely was real. Kind of hard to prove. Some think that she may have been the creation of one of the authors of The Tale of the Heike. Who really knows? But the mere possibility that she actually existed is what blows my mind.
I just never thought that Tomoe could have been a real person. Sure, some of the background stuff in Salmonson's work was based upon historical events. I was kind of into Japanese history and mythology back then, and I had read plenty of stuff on my own. That's how I found Salmonson's trilogy, I guess. But her work was so grounded in mythology that I never even dreamed that her subject may have been a real-live person. A female samurai fighting amongst men with double butterfly swords. Incredible!
Now I have to go back and find those novels to re-read once again.
I've said it before...isn't The Internet a wonderful thing?
*Oddly, this is the second time I've come across the Genpei War here on my bloggy travels. Remember the first time?
___________________________________________________Note: Remember to play the Badgerdaddy Trivia Challenge every day. I'm the only person who probably cares about this, but I thought it was pretty cool.