Japanese - A blind priest. He was bewitched by the ghosts of the Tiara clan, all of whom, including the infant emperor, Antoku Tenno, had been killed in a great sea battle with the Minamoto clan. When his fellow priests discovered him sitting before the tomb of the young emperor, chanting the story of that battle, they covered him with sacred texts to ward off the ghosts. When the ghosts next came for Hoichi, all they could see were his ears which had not been covered. These they tore off and the priest was thereafter earless. Also commonly referred to as Hoichi.

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