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Mariko Yashida
late fiance of Wolverine

Mariko Yashida is best known as the late Japanese fiance of the popular X-Man Wolverine. She was murdered just before they were to be married in a Shinto wedding ceremony.

Mariko Yashida and her family were overtly identified as Shintoists. Her cousin, the Japanese superhero "Sunfire," is also a Shintoist.

Mariko worshipped Amaterasu, the sun goddess (and principle deity) of Shinto.

Discussion

From: "X-Men religious affiliations" thread started 1 June 2002 on rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks newsgroup (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks/browse_thread/thread/78e6830d00083d2f/102a03cd2dab9fda; viewed 13 June 2006):

From: Chris Dodson
Date: Sat, Jun 1 2002 9:38 pm

I'm looking for information on the religious beliefs of all the current X-Men for a story I'm submitting to Marvel. The only one I know for sure is Nightcrawler (Catholic). I get the impression that Wolverine is an atheist or agnostic, but I have no in-comic evidence to support this. Any help you guys could give me would be greatly appreciated. Also, in your responses, could you provide titles and issue numbers of the comics in which the information is stated? Thanks.


From: Patrick McClue
Date: Mon, Jun 3 2002 8:52 am

re: "I don't think there are any followers of Buddist, Islamic or Shinto traditions"

Sunfire might be Buddist/Shintoist and M might be Muslim.


From: CleV
Date: Mon, Jun 3 2002 12:13 pm

Mariko uttered "Amaterasu preserve us!" in her very first appearance - she must have been Shinto.


From: Adam T. Reid
Date: Mon, Jun 3 2002 1:07 pm

re: "I don't think there are any followers of Buddist, Islamic or Shinto traditions"

Unless you count, of course the Japanese characters (Sunfire, Sunpyre, Silver Samurai, Matsu'o, Revanche, Mariko, etc.) that pop up every once and awhile. Japanese generally practice Buddhist or Shinto beliefs, sometimes both. I can only say for certain that the Yoshidas practiced Shinto traditions, notably at M'iko [Mariko] and Logan's aborted wedding back in the UXM [Uncanny X-Men] # 170's.


From: Menshevik
Date: Thurs, Jun 6 2002 1:15 am

And in [Uncanny X-Men] #173 we also see that there is a giant Buddha statue in the garden of the Yashida ancestral seat.

From: "Question about Magneto" forum discussion, started 12 May 2006 on "Giant in the Playground" website (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-15296.html; viewed 17 July 2007):

somatic
05-15-2006, 10:31 PM

Odder still, Wolverine is a Shintoist...


Foeofthelance
05-15-2006, 11:03 PM

Actually, Wolverine being Shintoist makes sense, considering most of his memories take place in Japan, and alot of his efforts to control his berserker have been based off of Japanese warrior training.


Piedmon_Sama
05-17-2006, 04:35 AM

What? Wolverine practices zen meditational techniques as part of his training, but he's neither Shintoist nor Buddhist. He does respect and is knowledgable about those traditions from his time in Japan, but otherwise I've always seen him as a general agnostic. He's had too many encounters with various scions of the supernatural from many different cultures over the years to accept just one.

Wolverine was, at one time a Christian, but after Cyber murdered his then-fiance around the time of WWI, Wolverine became an atheist. He's come back around to having a spiritual side more recently, but I don't think he'll ever be a straight-up member of any particular denomination ever again.

Also, his fiance Yoshida Mariko has been dead for years, but had they had a wedding, it would have been a traditional Shintoist affair. The Yoshidas were a very traditional family with aristocratic origins.


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