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Ritual of Reality
Ritual Reality infobox

Original Name


Romanized Name

Jissō Gi Kei




Chapter 1 (light novel 2);
Appendix (OVA)


It dispels evil and breaks illusions.


Hugh Anthony Disward


Inside the Dantalian's Bookshelf

Ritual of Reality, also known as Buddha Tathātā (ブフタ・タタータ Bhūta-tathatā), is a Phantom Book used by Hugh to break the illusions created by Florence Carabosse while she was using the Depiction of Mountains and Rivers. The Ritual of Reality is present in The Briar Princess story.

It has words in an Eastern language. Its leather cover has the illustration of an eye, similar to the ones depicted on the walls of structures such as stupas or pagodas usually build as a place of religiosity and/or meditation related to Tibetan Buddhism.[1]

In the OVA, the Phantom Book has the form of a samut khoi, a type of folding book manuscript which were historically widely used in many Buddhist cultures[2], usually made from the inner bark of a tree.[3] The red cover depicts lotus flowers and the eye of Buddha, a common symbol in Buddhist art.[4][5]


The Phantom Book, originally from Western Asia, is sealed inside the Labyrinth Library. It’s a lost apocrypha of ancient Buddhism.[1] Tathātā, a Buddhist concept, can be translated as "thusness" or "suchness", expressing the appreciation of reality at that moment, which is in truth inexpressible in language.[6][7]


According to Dalian, the Ritual of Reality dispel all evil and break all illusions. By reading its first chapter, Hugh nullified the powers of the Depiction of Mountains and Rivers. The fog, the dark forest, the cliffs and the thorny vibes summoned by Florence disappeared. The illusions shattered like broken glass, and the surroundings crumbled, returning to its original appearance.[1] In the OVA, the illusions vanished as if disintegrating.[4]


In the OVA, Hugh reads the Ritual of Reality to defeat Florence. The text is associated with the concept of Tathātā as a contrast to illusions.[4]

"Events come to pass.
Like foam on the surface of water,
it is merely the result of the cause.
You must not ponder over possibilities,
when nothing has yet to occur.
Forget this not.
From a dreaming heart flows the blood of illusions.
Those who dream of the future gain nothing.
Those who dream of purity only see impurity.
Those who dream of justice become sinners themselves.
Why do you blame the foam for disappearing?
Learn to accept what happens as it is.
That is because the world is constantly changing.
There is no meaning to it, nor is there malicious intent in it.
From a dreaming heart flows the blood of illusions.
Thoughts born as a result of that are not truths nor lies.
If your thoughts are not true,
then you cannot be certain of what you touch or taste,
what you see or hear, none of it.
It is merely a dance of air and light,
nothing, but emptiness! "


Hugh and Dalian are surrounded by cliffs, and the thorny vines are approaching them. However, the Biblioprincess notices that everything is an illusion created by Florence and the Depiction of Mountains and Rivers. She grants Hugh access to the Labyrinth Library. He uses the Ritual of Reality to make the illusions vanish. The fog, the dark forest, the cliffs and the thorny vines can no longer be seen. The enslaved people controlled by Florence disappear. The beautiful village where the Carabosse villa was located return to its dilapidated state. The Phantom Book was probably sealed inside the Labyrinth Library.[1]


  • The Ritual of Reality is seen during the opening.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 1, volume 2.
  2. Samut khoi. (2019, December 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13:40, February 28, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Samut_khoi&oldid=932977451
  3. Figuring out Folds: Conserving a Thai Buddhist manuscript. (2019, June 13). In Chester Beatty. Retrieved 13:42, February 28, 2020, from https://chesterbeatty.ie/conservation/figuring-out-folds/
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, OVA.
  5. Eyes of the Buddha. In Asian art. Retrieved 01:44, February 28, 2020, from https://www.buddha-heads.com/buddha-head-statues/eye-of-the-buddha/
  6. Tathātā. (2020, January 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 01:46, February 28, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tath%C4%81t%C4%81&oldid=936569011
  7. Tathata. (2018, November 2). In Yogapedia. Retrieved 01:48, February 28, 2020, from https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/6277/tathata
  8. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian animeopening.
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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