A khakkhara (Sanskrit: "sounding staff"; English: monk staff; Chinese and Japanese: 錫杖, shakujō; Mandarin: xīzhàng, literally "tin stick") is a Buddhist ringed staff used primarily in prayer or as a weapon, that originates from India. The jingling of the staff's rings is used to warn small sentient beings (i.e. insects) to move from the carrier's path and avoid being accidentally trodden on. In ancient times it was used also to scare away dangerous animals. Ringing also is used to alert the faithful that there is a monk within earshot in need of alms. In the Sarvāstivāda vinaya the khakkhara is called the "sounding staff" because of the tinkling sound the rings make.
In Japan the shakujō became a formidable weapon in the hands of a practiced Buddhist monk. It could be used as a staff to block and parry attacks and the metal rings at the tip could be slammed into an opponent's face to momentarily blind him. At the very tip of the metal finial is a sharp point which can be used to attack weak points of the body. The bottom end of the khakkhara has a metal butt which can be used to thrust and hit an opponent. An opponent's weapons can also be easily deflected.
In Shinobido Edit
Gamuran is seen carrying a shakujō in almost all his appearances. He also uses it in combat, though he prefers to use his supernatural powers most of the time.
The sounding of the rings usually marks the moment he appears before a character. Given his personality, it could be interpreted as an insult to others, comparing them to insects in his path, or as a mockery of his profession.