Questions that actual people have asked about the comic.
If you are an actual real person and have a question about Beneath The Clouds , email it to caroline(at)carolineparkinson.co.uk. And it might end up here!
What's with Masako's eyebrows?
They are Heian period makeup. Middle and upper class Heian women used to
pluck their eyebrows and paint dots higher up on the forehead.
There's some more info here: Heian Era Cosmetics
If you've ever watched the live action Rurouni Kenshin films Megumi has understated versions of this style (when her hair isn't covering her forehead) and it's also shown in Princess Kaguya by Studio Ghibli.
When do you update?
Mondays and Wednesday, lunchtime GMT.
Were exorcists a real thing?
Absolutely. exorcism was a real ceremony written about in 11th century Japanese diaries. Heian era Buddhists believed that many illnesses were caused by evil spirits and could be cured by exorcism. Contemporary accounts of these ceremonies were sometimes scary and disturbing but at the same time in Europe many illnesses were treated with bloodletting which was much more harmful. Buddhist exorcisms were still being carried out as late as 1967.