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Introduction to Touhou 46: Byakuren

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“Humans and youkai can live together as equals in the light of the Buddha.”

Yukari founded modern Gensokyo as a preserve for the youkai. In exchange for comparative safety, the humans within the Hakurei Border act as resources for their supernatural overlords and whether through their fear or their devotion, they give the youkai and divine spirits sustenance. Gensokyo’s social order is thus premised on domination over humankind. Those who defy this order do so by beating the youkai at their own game. Keine and Reimu both defend humans, the former by literally becoming a beast and the latter by taking on such youkai-like brutality and strength that humans fear her just as much as the youkai she fights. There is one, however, who doesn’t see strength and subjugation as the only ways of life. This woman is the Buddhist nun Byakuren Hijiri.

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