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The Tearing
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Japanese name 逆身剥ぎ
Romaji name Kyaku hagi
Other names N/A
Location(s) Kuze Shrine
Participants Tattooed Priestess
Frequency Seldom
Purpose Strip the priestess of the "pain" she has carried
Game Fatal Frame III: The Tormented
The removed tattoos must then be enshrined in the tranquillity of the stone shrine and the lullaby must be sung to pray for an end to the pain.


The Tearing is a rite that is performed only if a Tattooed Priestess is unworthy or unable to sleep in the Rift peacefully, with no regrets, or cannot endure taking on the pain of others. They can be considered as failed priestess.

The Ritual[]

The Tattooed Priestess who accepted the tattoos but not the pain is stripped of her tattoo-covered skin and the body is sent in a boat to the Other Side. The stripped skin is then enshrined in the Tattoo Altar where the Handmaiden's Song is sung by the Handmaidens, to pray for an end to the tattoo's pain. The tattooed skin of the former priestess is enshrined, sung to, and prayed over so that the pain it contains does not escape. The enshrined skin serves as a warning to future priestesses.

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