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~Hakurei Shrine~ => Touhou Addict Recovery Center => Topic started by: andykhang on February 01, 2016, 04:11:11 AM

Title: Yukari's Mythology (revised)
Post by: andykhang on February 01, 2016, 04:11:11 AM
This is a revise to my last post, because it's somehow disappear into the dimension of the recycle (i think it's because my account disappeared somehow).

Well, long story short, I have two theory for this:

1. Judging by the connection between Yukari and Lafcadio , I have checked his place of origin. Turn out it's Greece, so then i checked into the Greek's Mythology to then found Hermes, a (partial) Liminal Deity with surprising similarity between them. That's let me to believe that Yukari is, or related to, Hermes, and have changed her name in a way so that she could still remember her "origin". That could also explain Maribel's "clan" of people who could see into the metaphysical, since Hermes's also known for tranversing between the mortal and divine realm.

2.However, judging by Yukari's standard, i find it too easy to find it out and deemed it likely a Red Herring (remember this exact moment when i go deep into the rabbit hole). The theory above also have a lot of counterargument (mostly the "is" part though , which make the "related" the most plausible explanation). I then started to dig deeper (the term here mean reading more of wikipedia) into the Greek Mythology, and( basically) find out that it have part of it origin in Animisim, the base in which Shinto, and eventually, Youkai. Then, i started with the theory that she's used to be a spirit that's highly worshipped and popular. Over the passage of time though, she have been invaded by foreign religion and forced to become part of it (just like how the Heaven's God of Japan fight with it Native God to unified under one banner). Travelling more through the passage of time still, that faith also get replaced and wimpering away ( in the acclaimed year (800 A.C) that Yukari changed her's name , The Greece was already part of the Byzantine Empire, along with it the Christianity religion). In other to avoid that, she seek refuge in Japan and corrupted herself into a Youkai so that she could feed of the fear of human. (Arguably, this is the more vague (bullshit) theory to have)

Conversively, you could combine these two to create a third theory. But, the theory above's only based on the connection Yukari have with Lafcadio, and using more clue would only revealed more speculation about her's origin and source of inspiration that spread all across Europe , as the image of a blond woman is readily use in their's myth (for example, the Valkyrie in Norse Mythology). Combining it with the colour Purple, and you would open another can of worm that's still somehow related to my above theory (Ex: that colour is also used for the high class in the aformention Byzantine Empire, and even the Roman Empire before it, when it's still worship the Greek god). Just as expect of the level of research Zun made for his characters.

So? What do you think about my theory? Also, do you have other theory about her on your own that we could combine it with mine, or the opposite?
Title: Re: Yukari's Mythology (revised)
Post by: the old guy on February 06, 2016, 12:30:52 PM
She's The God of the Gaps (

sorry for the joke answer
Title: Re: Yukari's Mythology (revised)
Post by: andykhang on February 09, 2016, 04:23:54 AM
That's actually also a valid theory, since youkai themselve is also an explanation for the unknown
Title: Re: Yukari's Mythology (revised)
Post by: HalfGrand on February 14, 2016, 03:26:48 PM
There is only one true way for us to all definitely know about the background for Yukari.

... We make our way to ZUN's studio, kidnap ZUN and tickle him with feathers until he decides to spill the Yukari beans!


And then we give him a crate of beer for being a good boy.  :derp:
Title: Re: Yukari's Mythology (revised)
Post by: Toushiro Scarlet on April 28, 2016, 04:29:24 AM
That's quite a theory.It also explains why Yukari has blonde hair like western people. I like it.
Title: Re: Yukari's Mythology (revised)
Post by: andykhang on April 30, 2016, 05:04:22 PM
Woa... someone actually reply to this thread. Thanks you though.
Title: Re: Yukari's Mythology (revised)
Post by: Toushiro Scarlet on April 30, 2016, 09:43:47 PM
Well, you know, I am actually quite interested about these kind of stuff. Currently I am still researching the relationship between Gensokyo and our world, and some pretty interesting result is coming up to me.
Title: Re: Yukari's Mythology (revised)
Post by: andykhang on May 01, 2016, 02:02:01 PM
What did you find then?
Title: Re: Yukari's Mythology (revised)
Post by: Toushiro Scarlet on May 02, 2016, 01:24:39 AM
Well, I will write them in a seperate topic, and I'm not quite sure if Yukari is okay with it. Anyway, I guess she will just simply delete it if she finds out that I have leaked some... classified information about Gensokyo.
Title: Re: Yukari's Mythology (revised)
Post by: andykhang on May 02, 2016, 03:18:41 PM
Interesting...guess i will see you soon. Don't worry though, if she don't want this, you wouldn't even exist from a long time ago.