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'''Higan''' ({{lang|ja|彼岸}}) is on the other side of the [[Sanzu River]]. This place is a [[Pure Land]] with no weather, no seasons, and no night and day, it's just an endless flower garden with a gentle warmth. It is strictly not part of [[Gensokyo]].
 
'''Higan''' ({{lang|ja|彼岸}}) is on the other side of the [[Sanzu River]]. This place is a [[Pure Land]] with no weather, no seasons, and no night and day, it's just an endless flower garden with a gentle warmth. It is strictly not part of [[Gensokyo]].
  
Dead souls will wait at the Shigan ({{lang|ja|此岸}}) (''the shores across the living world'') of the Sanzu River for a [[Shinigami]] to ferry them one at a time.  As one gets to the Higan side, there is nothing to do but silently wait and contemplate death until the [[Yama]] is ready to make the judgement. The yama, who can see the souls' past, will judge whether they should go to the [[Netherworld]], [[Heaven]], [[Hell]], or be reincarnated. If it's Hell, then the soul will fall outside the cycle of reincarnation temporarily.
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Souls of the deceased will wait at the Shigan ({{lang|ja|此岸}}) (''the shore of the living world'') of the Sanzu River for a [[Shinigami]] to ferry them one at a time.  As one gets to the Higan side, there is nothing to do but silently wait and contemplate death until the [[Yama]] is ready to make the judgement. The yama, who can see the souls' past, will judge whether they should go to the [[Netherworld]], [[Heaven]], [[Hell]], or be reincarnated. If it's Hell, then the soul will fall outside the cycle of reincarnation temporarily.
  
Higan is formed to be combined with ''that'' or ''over there'' ({{lang|ja|彼}}) and ''shore'' ({{lang|ja|岸}}), so its literal meaning is "that shore" or "the shore over there". The Shigan ({{lang|ja|此岸}}), which is located on the opposite end to the Higan, can literally mean ''this shore'' or ''the shore of here'' as well. In fact, both are actually used so in Japanese Buddhism.
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The word "Higan" is composed of the kanji for ''that'' or ''over there'' ({{lang|ja|彼}}) and ''shore'' ({{lang|ja|岸}}), so its literal meaning is "that shore" or "the shore on the other side". The Shigan ({{lang|ja|此岸}}), which is located on the opposite end to the Higan, can literally mean ''this shore'' or ''the shore on this side'' as well. Both of these term originate in Japanese Buddhism.
  
 
==Books and Articles==
 
==Books and Articles==

Latest revision as of 18:06, 16 May 2019

彼岸 (ひがん)
Higan
Higan
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The other side of the Sanzu River.

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Higan (彼岸) is on the other side of the Sanzu River. This place is a Pure Land with no weather, no seasons, and no night and day, it's just an endless flower garden with a gentle warmth. It is strictly not part of Gensokyo.

Souls of the deceased will wait at the Shigan (此岸) (the shore of the living world) of the Sanzu River for a Shinigami to ferry them one at a time. As one gets to the Higan side, there is nothing to do but silently wait and contemplate death until the Yama is ready to make the judgement. The yama, who can see the souls' past, will judge whether they should go to the Netherworld, Heaven, Hell, or be reincarnated. If it's Hell, then the soul will fall outside the cycle of reincarnation temporarily.

The word "Higan" is composed of the kanji for that or over there () and shore (), so its literal meaning is "that shore" or "the shore on the other side". The Shigan (此岸), which is located on the opposite end to the Higan, can literally mean this shore or the shore on this side as well. Both of these term originate in Japanese Buddhism.

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