Demon / Warrior Priest Kyogen
Asahina the Warrior, A Demon in Love,
Thunder, The Crab, The Persimmon Thief,
The Snail, The Fortified Beard, Tsuen the
Tea Priest, The Octopus, etc.
This group of plays contain caricaturization,
the personification of a demon, a warrior
priest who cannot properly use his supernatural
powers\plays that laugh at what is not as
good at it seems, others that are modeled
after the Noh form.
In The Fortified Beard, a man with a long,
thick beard of which he is very proud is
chosen to play an important role in an upcoming
festival, but when his wife will not do
anything he asks, he sends her away. However,
she returns with the neighborhood women
all armed with strange weapons to cut off
his beard. Although he fortified it, she
breaks through the fortifications and rips
it out by its roots. Through being written
and performed in a Noh style, the absurdity
of the man's defense of building a fortification
around his beard is conspicuous.
Priest / Blindman Kyogen
A Religious Dispute, Sermon without
Donation, The Crying Nun, The Mixed-up Acolyte,
Drawing Water, The Fake Sculptor, The Six
Statues, The Moon-Viewing Blindman,
The ignorance and greed of monks and, mainly,
the human shallowness of not knowing ourselves
are depicted in these plays. Some typical
main characters of these plays include monks
and even acolytes, con-men pretending to
be Buddhist sculptors, and blindmen.
The Melon Thief, The Dwarf Tree Thief,
The Tea Box, The Fake Deva King, The Plaster
Dispute, The Cowardly Bandits, A Debt Paid
with a Poem, A Cow Named Sideseat, etc.
This category contains all of the Kyogen
plays that do not fall easily into the other
categories. There are various types, and
some have interesting characters such as
lazy thieves or dull-witted con-men.