Kyomu Senki Volume 1 Chapter 2
Oh, and by the way - I discovered a method of successfully removing the gunk from the Kyomu Senki pages! It means that I'll have to rescan and re-edit chapter 1 but it's well worth it. I've also got a message for you all from this series' translator and typesetter, Takeru Kyori, to clarify some of the terms used in the story and a couple of other points:
"Onmyou & Onmyouji - the term "onmyou" that was used in both this chapter and the last is the Japanese word for the Buddhist "yin yang" concept, and onmyouji were practitioners of the art. Although generally thought of like sorcerers, they were a real profession in feudal Japanese society. Generally their duties involved divining and fortune telling, but they were indeed responsible for protecting the capital from vengeful spirits, or "onryou" as they're known in Japanese. In addition, the Crown Prince Sawara who's mentioned in this chapter was historically one of these "onryou" haunting the capital city of Heian-kyo (which becomes modern-day Kyoto).
Mikado - an archaic term for the Japanese emperor.
Mandalas & Shumisen - "Shumisen" is the Japanese word for Sumeru, a sacred mountain in Buddhist mythology that is home to various celestial beings. Mandalas are Buddhist symbols that represent the universe, generally consisting of a circle contained by 4 points arranged in a square. They often take the form of painting scrolls, depicting various aspects and deities of Buddhism, and are used in various rituals.
So, if you hadn't noticed yet, this series has a lot of Buddhist influences, throughout. I'm going to do my best to point these things out as we go, but I'm certainly not claiming to be any sort of expert. Buddhism is a complex subject, and even within Japanese Buddhism alone, there are numerous different sects, all with their own traditions and focuses. I'm doing my best to learn about it as I go, and I'll share some of the basic info I pick up, but I'd encourage anyone interested to research these things further. There's plenty of material about it to read online. And if anyone who actually knows what they're talking about ever catches me saying something blatantly wrong, please let me know about it! Like I said, I'm learning as I go, so a more educated perspective would be great to hear!"