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As the Lotus Sutra was written in Sanskrit in the country now called Kashmir, it doesn't actually mention Lycoris. This reference might have begun with a Chinese version of the sutra, or perhaps the Hokke Gisho. Also, it's worth noting that Lycoris species are poisonous; could this be another reason for their association with death (which has continued from traditional stories, down to the recent Jigoku Shōjo anime)? DavidCooke (talk) 03:02, 23 July 2008 (UTC)