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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.