Just like it happened when Sukuna fought Gojo in the manga, Sukuna’s reappearance in the anime series sparked a series of questions about him, and this article is going to be about Sukuna, as you might have deduced, as we are going to go back in time to determine what happened to Sukuna at the time. In this article, you will find out who defeated Sukuna 1,000 years ago and how it was done, as it might be interesting to know about the current situation involving this overpowered villain. We hope that the answer we will provide you with will, at least, help you understand why so much of Jujutsu Kaisen‘s history is shrouded in mystery.
We know that Sukuna died 1,000 years ago, but the whole story is just one big enigma
As we all know, Sukuna is the series’ main antagonist, along with Kenjaku, who first appeared as Pseudo-Geto. Yuji Itadori introduced the powerful cursed spirit and is currently fighting Gojo’s allies in Megumi’s body (since he appears to have killed Gojo in Chapter 236), even returning to his full, original form. But that’s not what we’re interested in here, even though it has something to do with Sukuna’s initial shape.
In this article, we shall travel back in time to investigate what occurred to Sukuna when he was still a human sorcerer. This is a major issue in the series and fans keep asking about Sukuna’s past so much that we had to address the issue at hand, but we do have to say that Akutami’s treatment of the past of Jujutsu Kaisen is quite bad, and that we cannot really praise him for properly developing the history of his lore; heck, he rarely even addressed it properly, let alone developed it, but that’s a fact we cannot change. Let us now see what we can say about Sukuna.
According to legend, Sukuna was once, a thousand years ago, a fearsome human jujutsu sorcerer who was considered the greatest jujutsu sorcerer of his day. He was a great sorcerer but also a vile villain who murdered other jujutsu sorcerers, and no one could combat him owing to his strength. This makes sense because he was the cursed spirit of a sorcerer who lived during the Golden Age of Jujutsu when humanity saw him as a natural disaster. As a deity, sorcerers either worshipped or dreaded him.
After he died, he morphed into a humanoid cursed spirit with four arms and two faces. The sorcerers of the day were unable to exorcise him. Therefore, it was decided to detach his soul and divide it into 20 fingers, trapping it in the form of cursed things. We know this, but the specifics of this act are limited, and there is nothing else we can contribute.
These cursed objects, which could not be destroyed, have been gathered and hoarded by sorcerers for generations in the hopes that they will one day be destroyed. But what does this tell us about Sukuna precisely?
We know he was a menace during the golden age, and Sukuna perished at some point. Sukuna could not be exorcised due to his immense power, so to prevent his return and more chaos, a group of powerful sorcerers of the time split his power into 20 fingers, which helped them stop Sukuna’s resurrection as he needed not only a host but also the majority of his fingers to become as powerful as he originally was. This helped for a time, but everything went wrong when Itadori ate one of Sukuna’s fingers to help his comrades. And the rest is, more or less, history.
Sadly, we don’t really have an idea about who sealed Sukuna or who made the fingers. The myth revolves around a group of (clearly powerful) sorcerers who were able and skillful enough to pull it off, but no specifics have been disclosed. We don’t know when that happened or how Sukuna reacted to it, whether he was dead at the time, a cursed spirit, or something quite different. This is a major problem with Jujutsu Kaisen in general, as one of the more interesting periods in the story’s history is a complete mystery.
And that brings us to the gist of the issue, which is that we know absolutely nothing. So, sadly, we don’t know how Sukuna was defeated 1,000 years ago. We don’t even know if he was defeated in the first place. Did someone defeat him? Seal him? Kill him? Or did he simply die? Did he choose to die? We don’t know any of this as of the time of writing, and this is a major issue that we sincerely hope Akutami will address at some point.
The working theory is that Sukuna simply died and was then split into 20 cursed objects, but we don’t really have any details that would confirm any other theory. Akutami has been scarce about this, and we can only hope that the upcoming chapters of the manga will fix this issue and that we will find out how Sukuna was defeated 1,000 years ago.
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