In this post its going to outline what sanzu river and Dante’s inferno is about and how it links to the project.
The folklore is part of Japanese Buddhist mythology.
It’s believed on the 7th day anniversary of the person’s death they cross the river.
During the folklore it outlines the deceased must cross a river to their afterlife. On the edge of the river, first the demon hag named “Datsueba” with take their clothes, if they died naked, take their skin. And the male demon “Keneo” hang it on a tree to weigh their sins. Depending the amount of sins the tree will bend. At this stage early forms of torture begin for instance their fingers are broken and with the help of her male demon associate they tie the head of the sinner to their feet.
Once the sin has been weighed and early torture is done. The deceased may cross the river by:
the saints: by a bridge
People who have sinned and done good: by ford
sinners: have to swim across the serpent infested waters.
For dead children, because they have not gained enough life experience for their sins to be weighed. Datsueba make the children stack pebbles and claim they can use them to climb up to paradise, in one version if they created some height she knocks them down, in another version she knocks them down when it reaches night.
Inspired by this folklore is the reason why decided to: have a tree with skin in it, early forms of torture for example: freezing being cut up (meat extracted to fertilize tree) before they reach the bottom floor. This is also the reason by plan to have the 6th floor filled with stacked up pebbles.
The 3 tunnels scene on the last floor is inspired by the 3 way you can cross the river in the folklore.
Dante’s inferno outlines 9 circles of hell. Many have different sub divisions of the circle.
1:limbo- this circle is not bad “deficient form of Heaven” served for unbelievers.
Partly inspired by this description plan to make the top floor as the most luring as possible.
2nd circle: lust “ the deceased souls blown back and forth”
For finial piece-not to bad compared to the other circles down the line why decided going to stick a worse room in the second floor compared to the first floor.
3: Gluttony (dammed souls forced in sludge)
4:greed – people who hoard
Partly Inspired by this word is why plan to stick a hoard of meat on the forth floor
6: Heresy (people stuck in flaming tombs)
7th:violence( boiling blood and fire, suicides punished by being turned into trees and feed to harpies, they will not be resurrected and their corpses hang from there new thorny limbs, flaming sand)
party inspired by this, is why plan to stick a tree on the 7th floor and the view of the floor is boiling blood and mince)
8th : Fraud (whip-wielding demons, human excrement for foul mouths, people face first in a hole with the feet burring, heads twisted back, a boiling lake of “ pitch”, the souls crucified to the ground and tramped, bitten by snakes and be transformed, fire breathing dragons.
9: Trenchancy ( ice)
Inspired by Dante’s inferno, is partly the reason why planning to make the building round and for each floor to get worse and worse.
Did further reading on “Purgatorio” what is the second part that follows after inferno, however it’s basically the same but punish the intention then action In the “7 terraces of Purgatory”
In conclusion: during the animation might include the viewer for instance lusting over the food covering the “intention” don’t actually eat it, but get punished anyway by falling through all the floors.
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