Crimson Sacrifice Ritual

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Crimson Sacrifice Ritual

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"The two chosen children will be carried to heaven on the wings of a butterfly... A butterfly that will save this village."
Kanji 紅贄祭
Location Minakami Village
Participants Twin Shrine Maidens or Altar Twins
Frequency Every few decades
Purpose To prevent the Repentance
Game Fatal Frame II & Fatal Frame III

The Crimson Sacrifice Ritual is the primary ritual of Minakami Village. Enacted every few decades or so, the ritual involves twins (usually around the age of 15 years) as participants. Only in extreme cases are twins younger than 15 years used (as in the case of Akane and Azami Kiryu).

The inhabitants of Minakami Village believed that twins were one being whose soul had split in two at birth. The act of strangling one's twin was thought by the villagers to reunite their souls, thereby becoming "one" again, as before birth. Strong energy produced by the ritual's performance appeased the Hellish Abyss, thus preventing the Repentance from occurring.

By Minakami Village beliefs, the first-born twin was considered the younger twin and the second-born the elder, believing that the elder twin graciously allowed the younger to be born first, as they were weaker and could not survive as long in the womb.

Preparation

When it is time for the Twin Shrine Maidens (or Altar Twins) to prepare for the ritual, they are moved into the "Twin Houses." This name is given to the Kiryu and Tachibana houses, since they are connected by a bridge and underground cavern. The twins will live there in seclusion until the ritual.

When they enter the houses, they undergo a purification ceremony to become priestesses. The twins dress in white kimonos, tied right over left, the traditional Japanese way of dressing the dead.

When it is time for the ceremony, the twins are taken from the Twin Houses by the Veiled Priests to the Kurosawa House via the underground tunnels.

The Ritual

The elder twin strangles the younger, while the Veiled Priests rhythmically tap their staffs. The red mark left on the strangled twin's neck becomes a Crimson Butterfly that will watch over the village. The Mourners then throw the body of the killed twin into the Hellish Abyss in order to appease it. If the ritual is successful, then the Abyss will be placated for approximately 10 years. Not all rituals are successful, as in the case of the Tachibana Twins. When a sacrifice is not successful, another set of twins must perform the ritual again one year later. The act of killing one's twin and becoming one with him/her is what gives the ritual its potency; that is why Sae's solitary sacrifice is a failure.

There are some discrepancies as to where the ritual takes place. While the general concept of the ritual is for it to take place on the rock slab in the same room as the Hellish Abyss, trailers, game artwork, "Eternal Ritual" on the ghost list and the file photo Facing Twins suggest the room before the Abyss could have also been used previously as a location to perform the ritual.

Failure

Sometimes, the ritual may not be successful. There are many reasons why the ritual should fail; the twins may love each other too much to be a suitable sacrifice (such as the Tachibana twins), or the ritual may be performed incorrectly (such as in Sae's case, where she was sacrificed alone). In the case of a failure, another ritual must be done almost immediately (a year or so) afterwards if the Repentance is to be avoided.

Result

A remaining with white hair
The Remaining

The surviving twin is called the Remaining, whose duty is to protect and watch over the human world. If the ritual is successful, the Remaining will have a butterfly shaped bruise on their neck. In some cases, the trauma of having killed a sibling causes the remaining twin's hair to turn white. A Twin Deity Statue of the Shrine Maidens is erected somewhere in the village.

Crimson Butterfly
The sacrificed twin becomes a Crimson Butterfly, a protector of the village.

Disaster

Sae's ritual, the last Crimson Sacrifice Ritual, was a failure due to Sae being sacrificed alone rather than at the hands of her twin sister. As a result, the Repentance occurred and the Darkness flooded from the Hellish Abyss, sweeping Minakami Village from the map. Most of the villagers died as a result of the Darkness.

Alternative Names

The Crimson Sacrifice Ritual has also been referred to as:

  • The Crimson Ritual
  • The Visible Ceremony
  • The Forbidden Ritual (秘祭)
  • The Endless Ceremony
  • Twins' Ceremony - alternative, non-fatal form of the ritual.

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Characters
Player Characters
Mio Amakura - Mayu Amakura
Major Characters/Ghosts
Sae Kurosawa - Yae Kurosawa - The Kusabi - Seijiro Makabe - Itsuki Tachibana - Dr. Kunihiko Asou - Chitose Tachibana - Miyako Sudo - Masumi Makimura - Akane Kiryu - Twin Doll - Ryokan Kurosawa
Minor Characters/Ghosts
Ryozo Munakata - Yoshitatsu Kiryu - Azami Kiryu - Mutsuki Tachibana - Veiled Priests - Mourners - Utsuro - Woman in Box - Fallen Woman - Limbo Man - Limbo Woman - Sunken Woman - Broken Neck Woman - Minakami Villagers - Children Playing Tag - Man In Dark - Woman in Dark - Escaping Twins - Hanging Twins
Terms
Altar Twins - Camera Obscura - Crimson Sacrifice Ritual - Crimson Sacrifice - Crimson Butterfly - Cutting Ritual - Folklorist - Hidden Ceremony - Kiryu Family - Kurosawa Family - Osaka Family - Outsiders - Remaining - Spirit Stone Radio - Spirited Aways - Tachibana Family - The Darkness - The Repentance - Tsuchihara Family - Twin Shrine Maidens
Locations
All God's Village - Cell - Earth Bridge - Heaven Bridge - Hellish Abyss - Kiryu House - Kureha Shrine - Kurosawa House - Minakami Cemetery - Minakami Dam - Misono Hill - Old Tree - Osaka House - Rope Temple - Storehouse - Tachibana House - Twin Houses - Twins' Room - Underground Passageway - Whisper Bridge
Gameplay
Camera Obscura - FPS Camera Obscura - Save points - Spirit Orbs - Spirit List - Lenses - Spirit Stones - Functions - Films - Flashlight - Health items
Music
Tsukiko Amano - Chou - Sacrificial Song
More Pages
Chapters - Items - Notes - Photographs - Costumes - Endings - Mio's Memo
Characters
Player Characters
Mio Amakura - Mayu Amakura
Major Characters/Ghosts
Sae Kurosawa - Yae Kurosawa - The Kusabi - Seijiro Makabe - Itsuki Tachibana - Dr. Kunihiko Asou - Chitose Tachibana - Miyako Sudo - Masumi Makimura - Akane Kiryu - Twin Doll - Ryokan Kurosawa
Minor Characters/Ghosts
Ryozo Munakata - Kureha - Yoshitatsu Kiryu - Azami Kiryu - Mutsuki Tachibana - Veiled Priests - Mourners - Woman in Box - Fallen Woman - Limbo Man - Limbo Woman - Sunken Woman - Broken Neck Woman - Minakami Villagers - Children Playing Tag - Man In Dark - Woman in Dark - Escaping Twins - Hanging Twins
Terms
Altar Twins - Camera Obscura - Crimson Sacrifice Ritual - Crimson Sacrifice - Crimson Butterfly - Cutting Ritual - Folklorist - Hidden Ceremony - Kiryu Family - Kurosawa Family - Osaka Family - Outsiders - Remaining - Shadow Festival - Spirit Stone Radio - Spirited Aways - Tachibana Family - The Darkness - The Repentance - Tsuchihara Family - Twin Shrine Maidens - Sacrificial Song
Locations
Abyss - Cell - Decayed Tree - Deep Path - Earth Bridge - Heaven Bridge - Kiryu House - Kureha Shrine - Kurosawa House - Minakami Cemetery - Minakami Village - Misono Hill - Mizukami Dam - Osaka House - Rope Temple - Storehouse - Tachibana House - Twin Houses - Twins' Room - Whisper Bridge
Gameplay
Camera Obscura - Dark Return - Haunted House Mode - Health items - Films - Flashlight - Functions - Lenses - Night Shop - Save points - Spirit List - Spirit Stones
Music
Tsukiko Amano - Kurenai - Sacrificial Song
More Pages
Chapters - Items - Notes - Photographs - Costumes - Endings - Mio's Memo