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Book of the Sage
Sage Book infobox

Original Name


Romanized Name

Kenja no Sho




Chapter 3 (light novel 3);
Episode 9


It summons spirits.


Hugh Anthony Disward


Inside the Dantalian's Bookshelf

Book of the Sage, also known as Duban (ドウバーン Dōbān), is a Phantom Book used by Hugh to make the Broken Wings disappear. It’s present in the Book of Twilight story.

It’s an old book written in a foreign language.[1] In the anime, its cover has an illustration inspired by the One Thousand and One Nights, depicting a man in turban dragging camels towards a magnificent palace with bulbous domes.[2]


The Middle Eastern Phantom Book is contained inside the Labyrinth Library.[1] Duban is a character in One Thousand and One Nights, a man of extraordinary talent, with deep understanding in many fields.[3]

In the anime, the title refers to Sulaiman or Solomon, a king and prophet of ancient Israel according to the Quran[4], the central religious text of Islam.[5]


The Book of the Sage has the record of a technique used to summon any of one thousand and one spirits. For instance, Hugh read the Phantom Book to defeat the Broken Wings by requesting aid from Kabikaj, destroyer of insects and guardian of books. Blades, fire and poison have no effect on the huge insects, but they thrashed around in agony when Hugh started to recite the words. Their outer shells cracked and crumpled into powder. The creatures vanished as if they've never existed.[1] In the anime, the Phantom Book shines blue when the user is reading it. A white mist raises to the sky and the targets disappear in a flash of light.[2]


Hugh reads the Book of the Sage to summon a spirit.[2]

Book of the Sage

Hugh reads the Phantom Book.

"I am sure that many of you are acquainted with my good master.
Twenty hours south of Damascus, past Daraa and up to Irbid,
Abdul shaved his head and took the name Alhazred.
Long ago, a wise man of Israel by the name Sulaiman visited our homeland.
Master of a thousand and one spirits, or jinn, who performed countless miracles.
Marid, Ifret, Shaitan.
There were many famous jinn.
However, there was one jinn who was most revered as a guardian spirit.
If it was to be summoned again, there will be an immediate effect.
Bean-eating, long-horned, caterpillars, silverfish, worms and lice.
They surround, surround and surround!

Kabikaj! Protect this mysterious book!"


Grandmother end

Aira's grandmother watches Hugh using the Book of the Sage.

The townsfolk went to the Chief Healer’s house to ask for her help. However, even the Yakatsu she prepares is useless against the enemies. The people are desperate, blaming each other. Hugh and Dalian examine Tito’s carriage. Tito's books wil attract the Broken Wings. Hugh tells everyone to leave that place, but it’s too late. The huge insects were approaching. The Labyrinth Library is opened and Hugh grabs the Book of the Sage. He reads the old book to summon a spirit which defeats the creatures. The big one, large as the outer wall of the town, squirmed in pain before disappearing. Their corpses were nowhere to be seen in the partially consumed forest. Hugh puts the Phantom Book back into the void on Dalian's chest.[1]


  • One Thousand and One Nights, also known as the Arabian Nights, is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age over many centuries.[6] In the anime, the work influenced the cover of the Phantom Book and part of its script, for instance when the number 1,001 is mentioned.[2]
  • Solomon is viewed as one of the elect of Allah. He was bestowed upon with many blessings, including the ability to rule jinn.[4]
    • Jinn or genies are supernatural creatures in early Arabian and later Islamic mythology and theology. Marid, Ifrit and Shaitan are terms associated to evil spirits or jinns.[9]
    • Kabikaj is a kind of jinn who, when invocated, saves books from worms and insects. The belief comes from the thought that a wild parsley of the same name has a scent which is said to drive insects away. The materials used in Arabic bookmaking attracted pests, so the plant or its name was used to protect the paper.[10]
  • Abdul Alhazred, also called the Mad Arab, is a fictional character created by American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft and part of the Cthulhu Mythos. It's also a pseudonym adopted by the author after reading the One Thousand and One Nights in his early childhood.[11]
    • Alhazred is the writer of the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire with dangerous contents which describes how to summon the primordial beings known as the Old Ones. The book was originally called Al Azif, alluding to the nocturnal sound made by insects, supposed to be the howling of demons or jinn.[12]
    • In the anime, when Hugh is reading the Phantom Book, Damascus is mentioned.[2] The capital of Syria is where Alhazred lived and authored the Necronomicon. The work contains secrets he learned at The Nameless City, a fictional ancient ruin located somewhere in the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula.[13][14] Perhaps that's why the Book of the Sage text also mentions someone heading south from Damascus and going through Daara and Irbid, cities located around the border between Syria and Jordan.[15][16]
  • In the adaptation, a white mist comes out of the Phantom Book. Earlier, Hugh had used a fumigant in the form of a white mist.[2]
  • A mock Book of the Sage is included in the special edition of Codex 5, the fifth volume of the Japanese DVDs and Blu-ray discs.[17]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 3, volume 3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 2.
  3. List of One Thousand and One Nights characters. (2020, April 5). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:01, April 16, 2020 , from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_One_Thousand_and_One_Nights_characters&oldid=949238687
  4. 4.0 4.1 Solomon in Islam. (2017, July 3). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:14, July 9, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Solomon_in_Islam&oldid=788709183
  5. Quran. (2017, July 1). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:15, July 9, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Quran&oldid=788388680
  6. One Thousand and One Nights. (2017, June 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:54, July 13, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=One_Thousand_and_One_Nights&oldid=787854930
  7. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novelChapter 1, volume 1.
  8. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novelChapter 1, volume 6.
  9. Jinn. (2017, July 13). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:19, July 13, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jinn&oldid=790383638
  10. Adam Gacek. The Use of 'kabíkaj' in Arabic Manuscripts. Manuscripts of the Middle East I. Ter Lugt Press, 1986.
  11. Cthulhu Mythos. (2017, July 8). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:53, July 13, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cthulhu_Mythos&oldid=789556598
  12. Necronomicon. (2017, June 24). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:00, July 13, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Necronomicon&oldid=787328789
  13. Abdul Alhazred. In The H.P. Lovecraft Wiki. Retrieved 19:27, July 13, 2017, from http://lovecraft.wikia.com/wiki/Abdul_Alhazred
  14. The Nameless City. (2017, February 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:27, July 13, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Nameless_City&oldid=764699400
  15. Irbid. (2017, July 12). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:31, July 13, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Irbid&oldid=790176440
  16. Daraa. (2017, June 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:31, July 13, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Daraa&oldid=788175559
  17. ダンタリアンの書架 限定版 第5巻 [DVD]. In Amazon Japan. Retrieved 14:15, October 15, 2020, from amazon.co.jp/ダンタリアンの書架-限定版-第5巻-DVD-沢城みゆき/dp/B00593N550
Phantom Books
72 Sacred Notes of the Shem-ha-mephorash - Atargatis Scripture - Book of a Thousand Sorrows - Book of Adventure - Book of Atonement - Book of Avalon - Book of Equivalence - Book of Fairy - Book of Fetus - Book of Gap - Book of Humanization - Book of Hypnosis - Book of Lifetime - Book of Relationship - Book of Styx - Book of the Eleusis Ritual - Book of the House-Elf - Book of Imprint - Book of Meditation of Supreme Cooking - Book of Oblivion - Book of the Outer God - Book of Paradise - Book of Royal Power - Book of the Sage - Book of the Salamander's Seal - Book of Sleep - Book of the Descendant of the Mist - Book of the Feast of the Dead of the Windowless Hall - Book of the Flatterer - Book of the Jealous Girlfriend - Book of the King's Coffin - Book of the Ritual of the Migratory Locusts - Book of the Silver Well - Book of Those Who Want Beauty - Book of Twilight - Book of Wisdom - Catalogue - Collection of Visions - Crastinus Dies Nunquam Sciat - Decorative Plywood of Merneith - Depiction of Mountains and Rivers - Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings - Divine Pattern of Floating Silk - Faceless Book - Fata Morgana - Go in an Instant - Hezār Afsān - Hymn of Hel - Logbook - John Wilkes Booth’s Diary - Kairos’ Dynastic History - Loge - Memories of That Day - Old Bradshaw’s Timetable - Pioneer Book - Phantom Book of Resurrection - Phantom Score - Rahōto Reihō Kaigen - Ritual of Reality - Template Book - The Aggregate of Burning Golden Beads - The Clay Tablet of Ugarit - The Dictator's Book - The Great Queen Poem - The Harlequinade - The Nāgārjuna’s Manuscript - The Ophiuchus Manuscript - The Pedigree of All Creations - The Sage's Slate - The Scent God's Scripture - The World - Vignette of Eternal Twilight

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