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Hiei, the protective monkey is named MASARU 神猿 (マサル).

In Chinese thought, the northeast quarter is considered to be particularly inauspicious.

The northeast direction is known as the “demon gate,” which can be loosely translated as the place where “demons gather and enter.” This belief was imported by the Japanese and is referred to as In Japan, the monkey’s role in guarding against demons originates from the Japanese word for monkey (猿, pronounced saru), which is a homonym for the Japanese word “expel” (去る, also pronounced saru).

The latter word means to “dispel, punch out, push away, beat away." According to the legends of Japan’s Mt.