Japanese Style Oni Demon Pendant
☯ Black & Gold or White & Gold Style
☯ 5 x 7 cm Hannya Mask Pendant
☯ 30-40 cm Adjustable Necklace
In Japan, the Hannya (般若) mask is a popular symbol for good luck, and is believed that because its frightening look, the Hannya mask can ward off evil spirits. The origin of the name hannya is a Sino-Japanese word for wisdom. One tradition states that this name was given to this mask because it was the name of an artist monk Hannya-bô who is said to have perfected its creation.
The Hannya mask is generally associated with the ghost world and at its deepest origins symbolizes the underworld and the subconscious and the complexity of human emotion. It is said to be dangerous and demonic, but also sorrowful and tormented, displaying the complexity of human emotions. When the actor looks straight ahead, the mask appears frightening and angry; when tilted slightly down, the face of the demon appears to be sorrowful, as though crying.