Originally Posted by DGLG
Shrike, ever thought that Kishi might be combinating mythologys and folktales?
Lets say that Pain rly is a manga version of that Kamui, but Madara might be something connected with Tengu.
If I were Kishi and I would try to hide some secrets about my characters, I would combitante characters and gods from diferent folktales and myhtologys into one.
I think he is already doing it.
Sasuke, the legendary hero killed Yamata no Orochi, which was the demon snake with 8 tails and 8 heads.
Many of the Naruto fans thought that it's the 8 tails who is sealed inside Orochimaru.
They were wrong, but it was the same as in legend - Sasuke has slain Orochimaru. Now, Kishi did not make it so obviously and left if that way, he returned Orochimaru withing Kabuto, which has nothing to do with folklore nor mythology, but with his own story.
He combines characteristics and abilities to make unique characters, which would any writer do. He cannot be 100% original, since no one can.
We may see something else which is connected, like Kami Zetsu you mentioned.