The Truth about the Rokudou: Pein's 6 Forms = 6 Riko Jizos
The Rinnegan (literally "Metempsychosis Eye") is a special pupil condition that is regarded as more illustrious than the Sharingan and Byakugan. Metempsychosis is the transmigration of one human body to another, especially after death. The Rinnegan is characterized by increasingly concentric circles around the pupil of the user. They were said to be possesed by the 'Sage of the 6 Paths', Rokudou Sennin, the founder of the entire whole ninja world, who's knowledge and skills gave birth to ninjutsu itself. They were called a tool of heaven itself. A tool of God which would bring salvation when the world was in chaos, or a weapon that would destroy all creation and return everything to dust.
the Rokudou Sennin, chapter 373
The Origin and Principles of the Rokudou
The Rokudou has its roots in ancient Japanese Buddhism. Also known as the Six Planes of Existence (Six Paths) The paths within the realm of Birth and Death. Includes the three Evil Paths (hells, hungry ghosts, animality) and the paths of humans, asuras and celestials. These paths can be understood as states of mind.
Literally Six Paths. The "Six Paths" (Rokudou 六道) of existence are also called the "Six Realms" (Rokushu 六趣) of reincarnation . According to Buddhist thought, all living beings are caught in an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth into one of the "six paths" being reborn up or down the scale according to the extent or lack of one's purity and good deeds in the previous existence. One can escape only by achieving enlightenment.
Long before Buddhism's introduction to Japan, Brahman beliefs and traditions held sway. One important concept was "transmigration," more commonly known in the West as "reincarnation." It holds that all living things die and are reborn again. Your rebirth into the next life will be based on your behavior in your past life. This rebirth occurs again and again. When Buddhism emerged in Japan, it too stressed this belief in transmigration, one that still plays a major role in modern Buddhist philosophy. The modern Buddhist concept of Karma is also a byproduct of ancient Hindu beliefs in transmigration and reincarnation.
The Six Paths of Transmigration
六趣 or 六道眾生 or 六道 (Japanese. Rokudou)
The Six Paths of Transmigration
天道 or 天趣 Heaven--passing joy and pleasure (Deva-gati; Jap: Ten 天 )
人道 or 人趣 Humanity--temporary balance and tranquillity (Manusya-gati; Jap: Jin 人)
阿修羅道 or 阿修羅趣 Anger--arrogance and belligerence (Asura-gati; Jap: Ashura 阿修羅)
畜生道 or 畜生趣 Animality--selfish stupidity (Tiryagyoni-gati; Jap: Chikushou 畜生)
餓鬼道 or 餓鬼趣 Hunger--insatiable desire (Preta-gati; Jap: Gaki 餓鬼 )
地獄道 or 地獄趣 Hell--intense suffering and despair (Naraka-gati; Jap: Jigoku 地獄 )
1.Being in Hell Jigoku 地獄
the lowest and worst path, wracked by torture and characterized by aggression.
the Jigoku Zoshi ( "Hell Scroll" )
2.Hungry Ghost Gaki 餓鬼
the path of hungry spirits; characterized by great craving and eternal starvation;
Scroll of the Hungry Ghost, late 12th century
3.Animal Chikushou 畜生
the path of animals and livestock, characterized by stupidity and servitude.
Giant crab summoning, chapter 374
4.Angry God Ashura 阿修羅
The apth of anger, jealousy, and constant war; the Asura (Ashura) are demigods, semi-blessed beings; they are powerful, fierce and quarrelsome; like humans, they are partly good and partly evil.
Pein's "judgement" as an act of God, chapter 369
5.Human Jin 人
The human realm; beings who are both good and evil; enlightenment is within their grasp, yet most are blinded and consumed by their desires.
6.Heavenly Being Ten 天
The realm of heavenly beings filled with pleasure; the deva hold godlike powers; some reign over celestial kingdoms.
The Roku Jizo (The Six Jizo)
The six Jizo statues
In Japan, groupings of six Jizo statues (one for each of the Six Paths) are quite common and often placed at busy intersections or oft-used roads to protect travelers and those in "transitional" states. Jizo also often carries a staff with six rings, which he shakes to awaken us from our delusions -- the rings likewise symbolize the six paths of existence.
The six Jizo come in common grouping:
Enmei (long life; prolonger of life; Beings in Hell)
Hoshu (treasure hand or possession; Hungry Ghost)
Hoin (treasure seal; possession of earth; Animal)
Hosho (treasure place; place of treasures; Asura)
Jichi (land possession; earth; Humans)
Kenko-i or Nikko (strong determination; Celestial Being)
Jizo vowed to protect and save beings in each of the Six Paths, in particular those in hell, and is thus often shown in groupings of six.
The Roku Jizo Connection
I believe there is a significant connection between the Roku Jizo and the six bodies of Pein.
The Rokudou and the Roku Jizo are most probably connected to the six bodies of Pein. Each has its own distinct characteristic and unique ability. There could be a connection between the characteristics of the beings in the 6 paths and the 6 forms of Pein.
This is the Six Realms of Samsara, held in the mouth of the God of Hell / Death God. Look at his eyes, by the way.
This is where Pein's eyes come from. Remember Kishi's original design of Pein with the unevenly spaced circles? The big gap was the "Six Realms" section. Kishi later made the eyes more even.
The Six Realms are Deva, Asura, Human, Animal, Preta, Naraka. Pein has six bodies. There is a connection.
Now, look at the very center of this circle. A snake, eating a bird, eating a boar. Look at the pheonix-like bird's wings and tail.
Tail - Snake
Crazy tusk - Boar
Right wing and tail - Bird
And the chameleon represents Pein (chameleon has wind element in mythology, crazy eyes)
Now, something interesting:
Pein's bang = tusk (Supposed to represent boar, that's why he looks like Ino. Ino = boar)
Tail = Snake (pretty obvious)
Hair on back and left = Pheonix tail
And obviously the rest is Pein.
Look at the whole positioning of it, the tusk with the snake turned around and facing foreword. He's like the mirror opposite of the summon in that picture. That's his character design in a nutshell.
And he actually said himself in the recent chapter "this world of infinite pain", which is exactly what Samsara is.
So far we have
Kenko (Deva) - pain's 1st form; god-like abilities, controls rain, telepathy, creates; probably Yahiko's body
Hosho (Asura) - one of the last two forms
Jichi (Human) - pain's human form; probably the thin summon, uses taijutsu, has high durability
Hoin (Animality) - pain's 2nd form; animal and human summons
Hoshu (Hunger) - fat summon; absorbs chakra
Enmei (Hell) - demon-like powers; probably genjutsu and edo tensei; the one who cut off one of Jiraiya's arms
Pein is a master of the Shouten No Jutsu ( Shapeshifting Technique ) so I believe he used bodies with different bloodline abilities and has his soul transmigrate through each one as time passed he was able to transcend into the last path, the "ten", endowing him with "god-like" abilities.
Well that's all for now. Thanks for reading. Your thoughts would be highly appreciated. ^_^
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