Zodiac Warriors - 3 - Gemini Picture

Mythology: In traditional Greek mythology, Gemini is the representation of the twins Castor and Pollux. Essentially twins, each had a different father, one a mortal and the other divine, proscribing them as a pair of true brothers but with vastly different futures (one would watch the other die and wither). Stories of the twins vary, but most of them generally end with the mortal of the pair succumbing to a fatal wound, and pleas from his brother to the gods placing that brother into the sky; the living brother, immortal and grieving, pleads for his brother to be reunited with him, so while Hades forbids raising the dead, Zeus instead places the living twin into the sky with his brother.

Weapon: A traditional samurai's weapon, the katana is normally paired with a shorter wakizashi; these are shown sheathed rather than drawn, and horizontal across the back instead of diagonally in front at the waist. The katana was used in most combat as a tool for attacking, and seldom was it used to clash with another blade (nick in the blade are very hard to remove); the wakizashi, on the other hand, served not as a backup for the katana, but was worn even when a katana was prohibited, or to perform tasks the katana was not. Thus, each had its own use.

Piece: The "warrior" here is a samurai, but instead of ornamented in armor, the piece draws attention to the artistic aspects of the samurai's life; theater. Here, the warrior is in an elaborate kimono and wearing a kabuki mask in the style of a fierce oni. In his hand, he wears a sedate woman's Noh mask (traditionally, Noh and kabuki theater are performed by men exclusively, although the latter was originally performed by women, and so women's roles were performed by particular and notable men).

He is holding a Taoist priest's uniform in his other hand, such that at any moment, he would done the calm mask and priestly robes, and remove the brilliant kimono and fierce mask.
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