((Well, I’m not sure that my opinion will be taken but… do you think Zun never really thought that deep into it like you? You have about years worth of research compared to the canon material.
I’m not saying ZUN never did his research at all, but I don’t think he did it to your extent where he went all the way back. Maybe he was trying to find a Stage 2 boss to fit the bill, and Parsee being a goddess in the official game like Suwako may perhaps be a bit too hard.
But I’m just randomly guessing here.))
[[Oh, I’m fairly sure he hasn’t gone into it as in-depth as I have. But I only started researching her ‘cause no-one outside of Japan knew what a Hashihime was. In Japan, people would know that sort of thing. They know their own mythology better than we do. But out of the canon material, I can at least make out what he knows about the Hashihime, whether it be the god or the youkai. And trust me. He knows a lot.
Anyone who knows that the Hashihime guards the bridge between life and death, definitely knows the mythology. Yukari states that she binds it in her route with Reimu. So he’s definitely not oblivious, ‘cause that isn’t something the youkai does. That’s the goddess, in her original version.
Also, she’s not a goddess like Suwako. Suwako’s a natural god, born from people’s beliefs. The Hashihime was a human who- tellings vary- either committed suicide over or turned into an oni to get revenge against her philandering husband, and was thus enshrined in order to sooth her soul and respect her story. But the difference is that if one of them loses their, she’ll disappear, while the other would back to whatever she was before.
… which is sketchy for a Hashihime, since you can’t exactly go back to being human at that point. So she’d become a youkai, I’m fairly sure. (Not a ghost, since the Hashihime is explicitly said to not have died to transform).
All I’d like to know is how he’s handling that mix between god and youkai, or if she’s considered a youkai due to it being the universally well-known story thanks to the noh play.
There’s a lot of speculation. I don’t pull things out of thin air. While ZUN might not be as intricate as I’ll research, he doesn’t need to be. All I can do is back-track his process, and try to see how he connected the dots in terms of her mythology.]]