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Dragon Myths - The Dragon with eight heads and eight tails - Part 2
Susanoo built a huge fence across the dragon's probable coursee and cut eights openings in the fence. Near every opening Susanoo placed a large barrel of rice wine distilled eight times and on a nearby hill Susanoo built a wooden likeness of the girl. Then, he waited for the dragon.
On the appointed day the dragon came, filling the sky with thunder and making the earth tremble, coloring the day red with light from it eyes. Its scales reflected the sun and its talons dug holes in the ground. The noise from its snapping jaws was enormous.
But then the dragon saw the girl's image and thrust its heads through the openings in Susanoo's fence. The dragon then saw the girl's reflection in the wine barrels, swallowed them and the strong wine made it fall asleep and close its awful eyes.
Susanoo took advantage of the great dragon's slumber and killed it, using sharp axes to chop it into little pieces, replacing the axes when their metal blades became blunt after hacking through the iron hard scales. The dragon's poisonous blood turned the land black and killed vegetation and animals for miles.
Susanoo found trouble hacking one of the dragon's tails. There was something inside. It was the grass-cutter blade, the sword the Sun Goddess made, one of the most important of Japan's artifacts.
But all who deal with dragons must know that dealing with dragons is tricky business. Fantasy and science fiction stories always make a point of this. After the land of the rising sun crowned its eighth emperor, the great dragon with eight heads and eight tails was reborn. It slithered into the Emperor's palace and stole the grass-cutter sword, taking it to the deepest sea, to its king, Naga, the king of dragons. No man had seen that dragon with eight heads and eight tails or the sword again.
Japan was thus robbed of its one of its greatest artifacts.