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Old 03-28-2014, 01:46 PM   #13
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Re: Aikido Shihan Kyoichi Inoue - Learning from the Kojiki

The statement is out of context, so it's hard to say, but Onisaburo Deguchi saw the earthworm as a manifestation of the Dragon God (Ryujin/Owatatsumi). Accordingly, he saw the human spirit as subordinate to that of the earthworm.

Further, Ueshiba stated at one point that this god (Ryujin) is the source of all Ki.

There's also a Ryujin Village in Tanabe, but that's probably coincidental.

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Chris

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