Naruto News: ACCORDING TO ITS FANS, ONE OF ITS GREAT VILLAINS HAS ROOTS WITH ONE OF THE GREAT WORLD RELIGIONS
If you’ve ever seen Naruto Shippuden, you probably remember Pain. One of the most memorable characters and one of the most powerful ninjas. Whether it’s his fight against Kakashi or the protagonist, he gave us some of the most incredible battles in anime. But, he’s probably deeper than we think.
According to his fans, part of his powers, history, and his characteristic powers have roots in Buddhism, one of the world’s greatest religions. So maybe Naruto Shippuden is a more interesting anime series than we thought. But what exactly are his fans saying about this?
The end of Sasuke and Naruto? Boruto left us stung with the one from the last episode
PAIN, THE INFLUENCE OF BUDDHISM IN NARUTO
According to Elusive_Warrior, the concept of the six paths of Pain is directly related to the Buddhist interpretation of reincarnation.
Each of the Pain receives its name from Samsara, the cycle of life, death and incarnation of Buddhism, as well as from each of the kingdoms in which it can be reincarnated.
This information re-signifies this Naruto arc. The protagonist symbolically has to find how to overcome the cycle of suffering and pain.
So, Pain has to die so that our protagonist can transcend.
But, he is not the only person in the community who sees parallels and connections between this anime and Buddhism. According to Treemu, there are several times in Naruto Shippuden that we hear that Pain can control the flow of life and death.
“That tests Fukasaku’s hypothesis that Pain has the ability to revive dead people.”
NARAKA PAIN – KINGDOM OF HELL, TERROR, AGONY AND DEPRESSION
Treemu mentions that in fact this parallel in Naruto Shippuden is most evident in Naraka Pain. This version of Pain would be directly based on the Kingdom of Hell. This is most evident in his invocation of The King of Hell and his resemblance to the Buddhist deity Yama.
Yama is the one who judges people on his death and decides whether to revive or not.
He points out that even his language ability would be based on Yama. In Naruto Shippuden, we see as The King of Hell, he uses his tongue to attack ninjas that face him. And, this may be based on a Japanese folk saying that they use to reprimand minors:
“If you lie, Enma will rip your tongue out.” Enma, is one of the names that Yama receives in Japan.