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Hasu-Ko

by Micha F. Lindemans
In Japanese mythology, a young girl who died of love for her betrothed, whom she had never seen. Her spirit 'stole' the body of her sister Kei for a year so she and her fiancé could live as lovers. Kei became ill 'like one dead'. At the end of the year Hasu-Ko brought her lover to her ancestral home and told her parents that she was content to die definitively if they would marry her sister to him. Since this was the only way to give her soul peace, the parents agreed. When her spirit faded away, Kei revived suddenly and was happy to marry her sister's fiancé. They lived happily ever after. Hasu-Ko means 'Lotus-Child'.

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