The Legend of Oguri Hangan
After rejecting many women for marriage, the handsome Oguri finally fell in love with a beautiful woman who was, in fact, a disguised snake. In anger, his father banished him to modern-day Ibaraki Prefecture, where he pursued the beautiful princess Terute and forced her to marry him.
Her brother and father plotted revenge and sent a man-eating horse after Oguri, but he easily tamed it. So they poisoned him, and he descended to hell. Terute was thrown in the river, only to be saved and then sold into slavery.
The king of hell decieded to bring Oguri back to life, and sent him back to a disceased body with a sign that said, “Only by being bathed in Yunomine will this man regain his former health.” Over the next 144 days, scores of people pulled him in a cart toward Yunomine; as he passed the land where Terute was enslaved, she came to pull the cart to gain merit, not knowing it was her husband.
Finally he reached Yunomine, and after bathing for 49 days he was cured and returned to Kyoto, where his parents welcomed him. He became the mayor of the land where Terute lived, and they were reunited and lived together forever after.
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