Jujutsu Kaisen: Sukuna’s Unique Domain Expansion Hand Sign Has a Terrifying Mythological History That Many Fans Don’t Know About

The Mythological Meaning Behind Sukuna's Domain Expansion Hand Sign in 'Jujutsu Kaisen'.

jujutsu kaisen: sukuna’s unique domain expansion hand sign has a terrifying mythological history that many fans don’t know about


  • Sukuna, the evil villain from 'Jujutsu Kaisen', is now considered to be among the worst in anime history.
  • Malevolent Shrine, Sukuna's domain expansion, was recently shown to its fullest extent in the second season of the show.
  • Sukuna's hand sign has a backstory that adds to his evil nature and fits perfectly with his demeanour.
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Jujutsu Kaisen’s heinous villain, Sukuna, has entered into the list of some of the worst villains in anime history. His presence alone makes other characters shiver and his devious nature has captivated fans in such a short period. Not only is he an evil villain, but he is also one of the strongest characters in the series.

Ryomen Sukuna
Ryomen Sukuna

Ryomen Sukuna is the greatest jujutsu sorcerer in history, and as such, he can use cursed energy in amazing ways. Like most of the other characters, his most potent ability is Domain Expansion. The strongest domain expansion in Jujutsu Kaisen belongs to Sukuna. Sukuna’s domain expansion, Malevolent Shrine, was recently seen at its full potential in the second season of the series.

To activate Domain Expansion, the user needs to use a certain hand sign. However, Sukuna’s hand sign has a terrifying mythological history that many fans don’t know about. The history behind Sukuna’s hand sign makes the character more evil and certainly fits his personality.


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Sukuna’s Domain Expansion: Malevolent Shrine

Malevolent Shrine, true to its name, creates a setting around a small, deformed Buddhist shrine that is a place for demons to be housed. On the floor are skulls that resemble bulls with horns, and the water surrounding it is a dark hue. 

With its unwavering ability to cut through anything until only dust is left behind, Malevolent Shrine’s guaranteed-hit ability can be used to destroy anything into nothing. With the help of his divine power, Sukuna can enlarge his domain without shutting the barrier to make more room.

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Ryomen Sukuna’s Domain Expansion

This makes a binding vow because it gives him a way out of the domain and increases the guaranteed hit’s effective range to a maximum radius of almost 200 meters. Sukuna’s Domain Expansion hand sign in Jujutsu Kaisen has a mythological origin as well, and it’s a very potent technique that could practically grant the King of Curses victory in every battle.

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Mythological History Behind Sukuna’s Domain Expansion Hand Signs

The Domain Expansion hand sign of Sukuna in Jujutsu Kaisen has a deeper significance. The hand gesture is a Buddhist symbol, and Sukuna’s Domain Expansion named Malevolent Shrine gives a devious and terrifying appeal. But the hand signs also used to activate the technique have a deeper meaning behind them. 

Sukuna vs Mahoraga
Sukuna Activating His Domain Expansion

Every Domain Expansion has a hand sign that explains how it relates to Buddhism; however, in the case of Sukuna, the hand sign alludes to Enma-ten, also referred to as the King of Hell, and it originates from Yama, who is recognized as the emperor of the Dead Land. According to these legends, Yama, like Sukuna, was once a human.

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Along with being a perfect representation of Sukuna’s personality, his hand signals also serve as a fitting tribute to the myths that shaped the early years of his life. Sukuna’s hand sign gives his character a more horrified appeal and makes him look more evil and devious making him the ultimate villain of Jujutsu Kaisen.


Written by Tarun Kohli

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