Rin is the main character of Tong-Nou and Chu-Teng. He is a human who lost his soul to the soul eating island Tong-Nou, and ventures off to regain his soul using the temporary soul provided by an old man named Yashiro. He also receives an amulet and a furoshiki from a white snake.
Rin's only appearance is in an introductory cutscene, in which he loses his soul and sets sail towards the island of Tong-Nou. He appears as a white humanoid figure with five-fingered hands, dark facial features, a cavity in the side of his chest (presumably the area the soul is missing from), and a white glow effect around him. Rin is not actually seen ingame, but his incarnations can be seen when selected from the Reincarnation page.
While Rin himself is playable very little of the time ingame, his basic mechanics carry through to each incarnation of himself. Rin carries a Furoshiki, in which he stores any items he may collect. These items can be taken out and used when necessary, and are often crucial in order to solve a puzzle or complete a life. Rin and his incarnations are also incapable of dying permanently, as each death will allow the player to reincarnate again.
Reference to the Kuji Edit
Rin's name is the first syllable of the Kuji (九字), series of nine syllables. Each syllable has its own symbol, mudra (hand sign), mantra (utterance/prayer) and mandala (visualization). The syllables in order are Rin (臨), Pyō (兵), Tō (闘), Sha (者), Kai (皆), Jin (陣), Retsu (列), Zai (在) and Zen (前). The mudras, mantras, and mandalas put into practice for ritual or meditation purposes is referred to as the Kuji-in (九字印), or "Nine Hand Seals".
The Kuji-in has roots in Hinduism and is used in a wide variety of practices including Shinto, Buddhism, Taoism, Ninjutsu and schools of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism such as Mikkyo, Tendai and Shingon. Because of that, Rin (臨) has many different meanings, mudras, mantras and mandalas depending on the practice it is used for. The Kanji itself (臨) can mean "to face/to confront" or "power".
Mudra, Mantra and Mandala Edit
A typical mudra involves interlocking all the fingers, except for the index (or sometimes middle) fingers which are pressed together and extended outwards. One particular Mandala visualizes fire or raw energy; A flame glowing within a person's "base chakra", which is located around the gonads.
Here is the Mantra followed by an interpretation used in meditation:
Sanskrit: Om vajramaanatayaa Swaha
Japanese: On baishiramantaya sowaka
English (Lit. Trans.): O thunderbolt to who has glory/sacrifice
Interpretation: I am strong and powerful and I dedicate myself to service of the Spiritual Source and Oneness of All