I have watched this movie time and time again to see if I could understand why it was called Princess Mononoke....but since the phrase was only refereed to once in Iron Town by the lady and the prince. I decided I would do some investigating to try and learn the whole story. First question for me to find was what in the world was a mononoke?
In ancient times, the land lay covered in forests, where, from ages long past, dwelt the spirits of the gods. Back then, man and beast lived in harmony, but as time went by, most of the great forests were destroyed. Those that remained were guarded by gigantic beasts who owed their allegiances to the Great Forest Spirit, for those were the days of gods and of demons.
If you keep up with a Studio Ghibli you will notice that a Totoro is also a sort of a mononoke.
As he walks plants grow, but when he leaves
the plants wilt and die.
However some believe the kodama will lead the real forest spirit, a huge deer with a human face, right to them...
|Princess Mononoke - Kodama|
|Princess Mononoke - kodama|
|Prince Ashitaka and Kodama|