Episode 101 – Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains

This week, we’ve got our first ever interview with author and Shikoku pilgrimage survivor Paul Barach. You can find his book, Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains, on Amazon. You can find out more about Paul’s work and see his photos from the pilgrimage here.

Listen to the episode here.

Images 

A map showing the locations of the various temples along the route.
A map showing the locations of the various temples along the route.
A walking henro (aruki henro) going along the trail himself.
A walking henro (aruki henro) going along the trail himself.
Signs like this dot the Shikoku pilgrimage route; the Japanese says
Signs like this dot the Shikoku pilgrimage route; the Japanese says “path for henro [pilgrims]”.
Tatsueji temple, home of the egret who will peck out the eyes of the righteous. Bring sunglasses.
Tatsueji temple, home of the egret who will peck out the eyes of the righteous. Bring sunglasses.
The 500 Rakan statues of Enpenji depict the Rakan (Arhats in Sanskrit), the original disciples of the Buddha.
The 500 Rakan statues of Enpenji depict the Rakan (Arhats in Sanskrit), the original disciples of the Buddha.
The lantern hall of Mt. Koya, where the mausoleum of Kukai (the final stop for pilgrims) is located.
The lantern hall of Mt. Koya, where the mausoleum of Kukai (the final stop for pilgrims) is located.
The graveyard where the mausoleum of Kukai is located.
The graveyard where the mausoleum of Kukai is located.
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4 thoughts on “Episode 101 – Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains

  1. Brian Robinson

    I would love to see a podcast on Japanese battle tactics, or the yakuza I hope I’m not being rude in asking but I would like to see there parallels between China’s underground / battle tactics to Japans underground/ battle tactics

  2. Hey great podcast with Paul Barach! I had the opportunity to walk this pilgrimage in 2009 and it’s great to hear someone else’s views on this wonderful pilgrimage. Keep up the great work! 🙂

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