Discommunication Vol. 3
Weird wizards wake wild wackiness. But not on Wednesdays.
Chapter 14 is live!
We've mentioned the Dakini before, but pay close attention the Japanese specific section of this article:
In Japan, the Dakini stories got mixed with the local kitsune (fox) legends, which explains the fox masks here.
The 'cyclical path of death and rebirth' is a pretty core Buddhist concept, also known as Samsara.
Chapter 15 is live!
Here, we see the kanji for sleeping snake given the reading Kundalini.
When they say, "Merged together, unified in bliss" this is the same kanji used in Kangi-ten, the god invoked in chapter 2.
As far as hermaphroditic gods in Buddhism, we have:
But this isn't specifically cited here.
Indra's Arrow: Not the only manga to feature this concept! Both Laputa and Naruto have mentioned it.
Chapter 16 is live!
We've mentioned Yomi before, but it gets the chapter title this time thanks to some parallels between the Orpheus-like myth and Togawa's temptation.
The writing in Matsubue's spells may be Siddham, rather than Sanskrit. (Although the explanation on how to read it is a lot clearer on the Japanese version of this article...)
The ebook for volume one also released today!
@doceirias Got my copy on Bookwalker!
Chapter 17 is live!
The Bird and the Snake from the chapter title refers to myths concerning Garuda, a bird-like God who fought the Naga.
"Meikai" is one of many Japanese words for the afterlife, and often gets translated as "Hell" or "The Underworld," but here it seems to have a more specific meaning, so we've retained the term.
Chapter 18 is live!
Bardo actually got a footnote and explanation in Japanese, but here's some further reading: