Twin Shrine Maidens

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Twin Shrine Maidens

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Game Fatal Frame II
Fatal Frame III
Deep Crimson Butterfly
Kanji/Kana 双子巫女 (ふたご みこ)
Alias(es) Altar Boys, Shrine Maidens, & Twin Priestesses
Range of Age Normally 15*
Occupation Shrine Maidens / Sacrifices
Purpose To calm the Hellish Abyss by participating in the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual and become one with their twin.
Rituals Crimson Sacrifice Ritual
Location Minakami Village
Total Member 1 pair of twins per ritual


"When the twins were born, I was miserable knowing that they were doomed. They were raised freely, without pain or sadness. They say the pain of the never stops. The elder sister must kill the younger in the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual. It's a cruel horrible fate."
Ryokan Kurosawa src


In All God's Village, the Twin Shrine Maidens are revered as guardian deities, and are thus simultaneously respected and feared. From birth, they are destined to perform the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual.

*While the normal age for Twin Shrine Maidens to participate in the ritual was 15 years, there were times when the village was desperate and had to use younger twins. One such example is the ritual of Azami and Akane Kiryu, although it is noted in game text that the children were far too young to grasp what was happening and had difficulty completing the ritual.

Crimson Sacrifice Ritual

The ritual occurs periodically, approximately every ten years. When the time of the ritual is near, the twins leave their family and move into the Twin Houses, the Kiryu House and the Tachibana House, for a period of cleansing. Purification is very important in Shinto.

On the night of the ceremony, the twins are escorted to the Hellish Abyss by a group of Veiled Priests and the Ceremony Master. The first-born twin, who is considered the younger according to village custom, lies down on the stone slab in front of the Abyss. The elder (second-born) twin then strangles their sibling. The Mourners throw the body of the younger twin into the Abyss. If the ritual is a success, they will become a crimson butterfly. It is not clear whether the sacrifice was solely performed on the stone slab in front of the Abyss, or whether it was also performed in the Sacrificial Altar, as suggested in game artwork and the spirit list ghost "Eternal Ritual".

The aftermath

If the sacrificed twin becomes a crimson butterfly, they will pass through the Abyss and calm the earth. The surviving twin, regardless of whether the ritual is successful or not, is called a 'Remaining'. A twin deity statue is erected somewhere within or on the boundaries of the village in honor of the twins(as seen in the opening of Fatal Frame II). When the Remaining twin dies, she or he is enshrined in the Old Tree.

Twins mentioned in the Fatal Frame Series

Unknown Pairs of twins

See Also


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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 and Ghosts
Player Characters
Rei Kurosawa - Miku Hinasaki - Kei Amakura
Major Characters/Ghosts
Reika Kuze - Amane Kuze - Kaname Ototsuki - Yoshino Takigawa - Yuu Asou - Yashuu Kuze - Akito Kashiwagi - Kyouka Kuze - Hisame Kuze - Shigure Kuze - Minamo Kuze - Mio Amakura - Mayu Amakura - Mafuyu Hinasaki
Minor Characters/Ghosts
Ruri - Dr. Kunihiko Asou - Tengai Narumi - Naoya - Masumi Makimura - Miyako Sudo - Ozawa - Serizawa - Musubi Osaka - Tsuzuri Osaka - Makie Kuzuhara - Kozue Kuzuhara - Kiriko Asanuma - Shizu Amakura - Engravers - Men in White - Kizuna Himuro - The Kusabi - Stroller Grandma - Black Shadow - Engraved Men
Terms
Amakura Family - Asou Family - Boat of Passing - Camera Obscura - Crimson Butterfly - Echo Stone Earrings - Final Impalement - Handmaidens - Handmaiden's Song - Himuro Family - Impalement Ritual - Impaling the Sin - Indigo ink - Ink of the soul - Igushi Doll - Kushimi Doll - Kuze Code - Kuze Family - Lost Patients - Miasma - Outsiders - Piercing of the Soul - Red ink - Rite of Commandment - Rite of Spirits - Sacrificial Pillars - Snake & Holly Tattoo - Spirit Tree - Spirited Aways - Tattooed Curse - Tattooed Priestess - The Rift - Rite of Purple Ink - The Tearing - The Unleashing - Worshippers
Locations
Rei's House
Altar Room - Bathroom - Darkroom - Doorway - Kitchen - Living Room - Miku's Room - Rei's Room - Yuu's Room
Dream World
Abyss - Abyss of the Horizon - Bell Hallway - Blind Room - Book Storeroom - Cell - Chamber of Thorns - Doll Altars - Confinement Room - Enclosed Room - Engraving Shrine - Fish Tank Room - Futon Room - Grand Hall - Grave Courtyard - Hall with Tatami - Hanging Prison - Hearth Room - House of Sleep - Kimono Room - Kuze Shrine - Last Passage - Library - Osaka House - Partitioned Room - Projection Room - Rift Shrine - Room with Blind - Rope Altar - Rope Hallway - Rope Temple - Shrine of Sleep - Spirit Tree Garden - Stained Corridor - Stairs Hallway - Tattoo Altar - Twins' Room - Well Room - Wooden Figure Room
Other
Kukaiji Temple - Minakami Dam - Myojin Village - Katsuragi Hospital
Gameplay
Camera Obscura - Save points - Films - Flashlight - Lenses - Functions - Special Abilities - Spirit list - Health items
Music
Tsukiko Amano - Koe - Handmaiden's Song
More Pages
Hours - Items - Notes - Photographs - Costumes - Endings - Rei's Notebook
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