An ancient Japanese boulder that's 'Imprisoned a demon for 1,000 years' has mysteriously split in two with fear that dark forces have been unleashed.
The Sessho-seki aka The Killing Stone, is a volcanic rock that supposedly houses an evil spirit and sits on an active volcano in central Japan, not far from Tokyo.
According to Japanese mythology, the stone is believed to have hosted an evil spirit and be so powerful that it kills anyone who comes in contact with it
After the stone's split in two on March 5th, Japanese locals and online users have raised concerns of the stone continually spewing out poisonous gas.
The Killing Stone is said to contain the corpse of Tamamo-no-Mae, who appeared to be a beautiful woman but was later exposed as being a nine-tailed fox.
Japanese mythology tells that Tamamo-no-Mae was working for a powerful Japanese feudal lord plotting to overthrow and kill Emperor Toba in the 1100s.
After news of the stone breaking made light, people have taken to social media to share their concerns and theories.
One person penned: "Reading into this and it's kinda scary, especially with the state the world is in right now, we don't need any more darkness."
A second commented: "I feel like I've seen something that shouldn't be seen."
A third donned: "Who knows what this means? It's creepy, that's for sure."
The Nasu Town Touring Information Centre confirmed that the stone cracked in half after hundreds of centuries in the Japanese state.
Officials in the region said there had been a crack in the stone for some time and that rain and freezing temperatures may have led to the splitting of the stone.
Masaharu Sugawara, chairman of the Nasu Kogen Yumoto Guide Club, said: "It's natural, so it can't be helped but it's a shame because it's a symbol of the local area."
The stone was registered as a local historic site in 1957 and was mentioned in Matsuo Basho's seminal work The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
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