Ryūzō-bō ［竜象房］ (n.d.): Also known as Ryūzō. A priest of the Tendai school during the Kamakura period (1185–1333) in Japan. He lived at Enryaku-ji, the head temple of the Tendai school on Mount Hiei, but was expelled from Mount Hiei when it was disclosed that he had eaten human flesh, the flesh of those who had died of hunger. This is recounted in the records of the chief priests of the Tendai school, in an entry dated the twenty-seventh day of the fourth month in the first year of Kenji (1275). Later he appeared in Kamakura and won the patronage of Ryōkan, the chief priest of Gokuraku-ji temple. Ryūzō-bō was defeated in debate by Sammi-bō, a disciple of Nichiren, at Kuwagayatsu in Kamakura in 1277, before a great number of his followers. This incident is known as the Kuwagayatsu Debate. Shijō Kingo, a lay follower of Nichiren and a samurai, happened to be an observer at the debate, and jealous colleagues reported falsely to Kingo’s lord, Ema Chikatoki (or his father Mitsutoki according to another account), that he had forcibly disrupted Ryūzō-bō’s preaching. This led Ema to threaten to confiscate Kingo’s fief unless he abandoned faith in the Lotus Sutra.