in the hands of destiny

A great Japanese warrior named Nobunaga decided to attack the enemy although he had only one-tenth the number of men the opposition commanded. He knew that he would win, but his soldiers were in doubt.

On the way he stopped at a Shinto shrine and told his men: “After I visit the shrine I will toss a coin. If heads comes, we will win; if tails, we will lose. Destiny holds us in her hand.”

Nobunaga entered the shrine and offered a silent prayer. He came forth and tossed a coin. Heads appeared. His soldiers were so eager to fight that they won their battle easily.

“No one can change the hand of destiny,” his attendant told him after the battle.

“Indeed not,” said Nobunaga, showing a coin which had been doubled, with heads facing either way



3 thoughts on “in the hands of destiny”

  1. Haha. I’m reminded of a scene near the end of Kingdom of Heaven (2005).

    Bishop: “Who do you think you are? Does making a man a knight make him a better fighter?!”

    Balian: “Yes.”

  2. Dear tgace,
    I think Siu would call this a ‘suitable ceremony’ to enable the acquisition of power. I agree with that tactic.

    Thank you for posting. I never know what gem I am going to find here.

    Ann T.

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