Ikkaku Sennin, an immortal sage, carries the beauty
that ultimately costs him his occult powers.
Noh Drama "The world's oldest extant professional theater" (Norton
Things To Consider:
Relationship between Gods and Humans
Role of Women
Power/Control over Mind and Body
Comparison to Chinese poetry
The legend of the one-horned wizard who traps the dragon gods of rain
and causes a searing drought originated in India and was later transmitted
by the Chinese to Japan, where it is dramatized in no (Ikkaku Sennin
One-Horned Wizard]) and in kabuki (Narukami [Saint Narukami
and the God Fudo]). (Original Web Site no longer
** Homework Questions **
What does the word "noh" mean in English?
What are the component parts of a noh play?
Who is Ikakku Sennin? What does his name mean?
Why do Shinda and Lady Senda seek him?
How does the Chorus in this play compare to that in Oedipus?
Why does Ikkaku Sennin accept the wine?
How does the description of drinking here compare to those found in
some of the Chinese poems we have read (see 548-49). You can also
compare to Otomo No Tabito's poem on 539.
How is a cup of wine "like the moon / in the night sky"?
How are the dragon-gods able to free themselves?
Is Ikkaku Sennin a sympathetic character? Explain.