Ushi no Koku Mairi (丑の刻参り Ushi no Koku Mairi?), translated as Shrine Visiting at the Hour of the Ox, is a simple Japanese spell that uses a doll to curse a person.
According to legend, the user takes a doll to serve as an effigy of the person they want to curse, and for best results, the doll should have a part of the target such as hair. The user must then go to a shrine later at night and nail the doll on a sacred tree there in the Hour of the Ox, between 1-3 A.M.
Using a part of the target on the doll makes this a infection-type of magic. It is a famous curse that even children know about. It could attack a target remotely, but any decent magician would be able to put together a countermeasure as soon as they sensed the signs, making it only effective against those who did not know about magic.
Tsuchimikado Motoharu uses a variant of the spell that simply uses an eyeball and simple chanting without the need for the complex rituals and conditions required for the spell. He used this during his battle against Kumokawa Seria, who, though was unperturbed by her eyeball being plucked was quickly taken down by the spell.
- ↑ Ushi no Koku Mairi – Shrine Visit at the Hour of the Ox from Hyaku Monogatari. Retrieved on 2013/06/09.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 07 Chapter 2 Part 11