Alright, now back to the main story. Many years had come into past since Sojobo was sealed. The tengu’s blood in Uchiha clan was now no longer as pure as it once was. It was gradually being “diluted” by constant marriages with non-Uchihas over the generations. Now even the Normal Sharingan was possessed by only the elite few among Uchihas, let alone the Mangekyou Sharingan. But the dark history of the clan was anything but forgotten. A tengu shrine was built underneath the Nakano temple by some of the early Uchihas to keep all the secrets of the clan inside (including killing your loved one to gain MS which was discovered by some later Uchiha). Once an Uchiha member was thought to be reliable enough he would be informed about the secret meeting place and it would then become his life-long obligation to keep these secrets from outsiders. The Uchihas considered this dark history as an unspeakable shame and swore to protect the glory and dignity of their clan with their lives no matter what happened.
20 years ago, a new member was born into an Uchiha family. He soon proved himself to be a prodigy, even by the high standards of the Uchiha. He graduated at the top of his class at age 7, mastered the Sharingan at 8, became a Chunin at 10 and an ANBU squad leader at 13. His name was Uchiha Itachi. As Itachi was selected to become an ANBU his father Fugaku felt that it was the right time to tell him everything. Itachi learned about the Mangekyou Sharingan and the origin of his clan from his father. Deep inside his mind, an evil shadow began to take shape…
One night, when all men of Uchiha were supposed to gather at the secret meeting place two of them were absent. Itachi lured his best friend Uchiha Shisui to the Nakano river and started his horrendous plan. He assaulted and killed Uchiha Shisui on that night and obtained the accursed eye powers—Mangekyou Sharingan from the death of his friend. The next day when people found Uchiha Shisui’s body they also found a suicide note grabbed in his hand. But of course this note wasn’t really written by Shisui. Itachi forged his handwriting with the Sharingan to make it look like a suicide. What was written on the note is important because it reflects Itachi's feeling at that time.
I’m tired of the duties…
there is no future for Uchiha…
and for me…
I cannot walk out the “path” any further…
I cannot walk out the “path” any further? What “path” was Itachi talking about?
Perhaps these will give you a better idea.
You hold onto your organization, your clan, your name…These things limit us and our capacities…These things deserve to be shunned…It’s foolish to fear what we have yet to see and know!!
I’ve lost all hope for this pathetic clan.
Always living with fear—fear that people may find out the secrets of their clan, fear that people may know Uchihas are actually descendants of demon—they all swore to take the secrets with them to the graveyard. This was the miserable life of every Uchiha member. Itachi was tired of all these. He could see no future for his clan. He didn’t understand why his people felt ashamed of their own past. He didn’t understand why his people didn’t see their superiority to the normal human beings. He didn’t understand why his people decided to seal up such a great power and not to use it. Itachi had lost all his hope for the Uchiha clan because of the pathetic “path” they had chosen.
From the moment Itachi heard about the origin of his clan he felt a weird sense of pleasure and superiority. He felt he was somehow more special than the others. Then his sick and twisted mind had gone even further. He wanted to set the tengu free. He was willing to sacrifice his body in exchange for probably the strongest power the world had ever seen. He was ready to offer his body to the Tengu King.
Soon Itachi had put his thoughts into action. When he learned about the Akatsuki’s plan to capture the Bijuus he decided to join them. He needed their help to get the Kyuubi’s chakra. But that’s not all. Itachi still had to find another 2 MS users. After awhile, he came across a second MS user who agreed to help him carry out his plan. Now all he needed was the third and last MS user.
Itachi knew his clan members would never kill their loved ones to get MS. He despised them. They were a bunch of cowards, useless …oh wait, Itachi suddenly came up with an idea—he could still use them to achieve his purpose. He could use them to make his little brother the third MS user…
On a full-moon night, the ancient blood inside Itachi finally awakened and he had completely lost his mind. He killed his entire clan including his parents. Then he waited for his little brother Sasuke to come home. He wanted him to know he was the one who did it. He used Tsukiyomi on his brother to make sure such a traumatic picture would stay with him for the rest of his life. He wanted Sasuke to hate him. He wanted Sasuke to hate him enough to kill his own friend and activate the Mangekyou Sharingan. He told him about the secret meeting place so that he would find out everything. He wanted Sasuke to take the path he had paved for him—the path of an avenger...
Itachi said it was to measure his capacity/container (Ch.224, p16)
Itachi told Sasuke the requirement to activate the Mangekyou Sharingan (Ch.224, p19)
Itachi told Sasuke the reason he let him live was because of his potential to become the third MS user (Ch.225, p 4)
Sasuke found out the secrets of his clan inside the Tengu shrine.(Ch.225, p11)
A closer look at the Tengu shrine. Notice the 2 tengu images on the walls.
"Work, work, work, ...where is play? "
"Tom, you're 3281640378421x more awesome than I'm."
"vanh, Happy B'day"
"Nel came, Nel saw, Nel owned my soul"
"Open book test tomorrow but the only problem is ... I don't even have a book. "
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Sasuke told Naruto that he was even more special (Ch.231, p18-19)
The tengu blood inside Sasuke was awakened by his intention to kill his best friend. A pair of black wings grew on his back and his hair turned white, making him strikingly resemble Sojobo, the tengu king. (Ch.232, p6-7)
Sasuke charged at Naruto with a dark chidori (Ch.232, p17)
The other 3 occasions where we saw something like this were Naruto’s dark Rasengan, Itachi’s dark fire (Amaterasu) and mini Kyuubi’s dark orb. This mysterious power was probably related to the pact between Uchiha clan and Kyuubi
Hints or Coincidences?
You decide it yourself.
Tengu statues in Chapter 314
Konoha tengu (left) and Karasu tengu
Sojobo, the Tengu King
Ch.181, p4 (Official proof that Kishi is evil)
What? You didn't notice anything unusual? Take a closer look.
There are 5 katakanas on that scroll: テングウチ or Tengu Uchi. There should be a sixth katakana below which is either ワ wa or ハ ha. (Thanks are due to shiinji and Chamcham Trigger ^^)
Oh, there is also a tengu plushie hidden somewhere in that room. Please find it.
Tengus are said to emanate from the primordial Japanese god of sea and storm Susanoo, Susanoo was the brother of Tsukiyomi and Amaterasu.
Uchiha Shrine wallpaper
Tengu Geta (One-toothed sandal)?
Also there is a bit on the posture of that creature.
On one foot: Shows that a bird feels comfortable in his surroundings and secure in his environment. A secure bird will sleep with one foot tucked up to his abdomen and his head turned around and tucked into his back feathers.
Tengu is not exactly a bird but it's bird-like, so they may have similar behaviours. Also as pointed out by Quonina, many birds sleep on one foot. It probably implies that the tengu is "sleeping" or currently in a dormant state while being sealed up.
Sometimes tengus are depicted with a flute and a magical gourd with endless sake (Thanks to QuoNina).
Chapter 15 cover
The images on the wall of Uchiha's shrine symbolize a merge between Tengu and Hyuuga clan? (Thanks to shiinji)
Compare the fans in these 2 pics
Sasuke's fan and armguard (with a Hyuuga emblem on it) (Thanks to Sasuke 3759 for the pic)
Tengus are said to be crow-spirits. When Itachi used a genjutsu on Naruto, Naruto saw him turned into a flock of crows.
Neji: I still couldn't detect the last bird (crow). (Thanks to uncle jafuncle)
Neji failing to see the last crow was a hint on how that Hyuuga woman failed to see through the King of Tengu, thus allowing the possibility of the Uchiha clan being born? (Thanks to uchiha_sakura4)
We all know that many character's names in Naruto have their special meanings. They are usually related to some characteristics of the characters. For example, "Uzumaki" means "spiral".
Here, guess what does "Kakashi" mean in Japanese. It means "scarecrow"(XD). Who is the "crow"? Sasuke? Itachi? Or some other Uchiha?
Sasuke riding a bird with white hair and clothes! (Again thanks to Quonina for the pic)
Ancient Japanese legend states that the Ninja clans descended from a creature called Tengu, a half-man-half-crow hybrid with the power to alter nature and the minds of men.
This will give you some idea why Kishi may use this odd-looking creature in Naruto.
Karasu tengu can make a sound like thunder clapping when they fly overhead.
Perhaps this was how the idea of chidori came about?
There is a rock called "Tengu Iwa" in Japan, located in the Lake Biwa (Biwa is a four-stringed lute, a type of musical instrument in Japan)
Here is a picture of Sasuke holding a Biwa. (Again thanks to shiinji for the pic and info)
Thanks for reading.
Credit goes to Grave, 4ghost and Kage no Yume for giving me so much inspiration.
For further reading on Tengu, try these websites
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tengu(The most detailed source)
Italian Translation (registration required)
Disclaimer: Credit goes to the translators. I take no responsibility for the accuracy of these translations.
Sorry about the empty space with **, those were suppose to be pictures, if you like to see those http://forums.narutofan.com/showthread.php?t=106576