It is just as SARSadmin stated. I was loosely based my speculations about the Eightfold Rune on the Noble Eightfold Path. Thanks to SARSadmin who kindly stated that it is probably based on the Yatsufusa, due to the fact that the lower tier of the Eightfold Rune is known as the 8-Devil Rune, which is based on the demon dog from the asian story known as Hakkenden
, I made a second theory to base the Eightfold Rune on.
As for more information on the Eightfold Rune, I've learned another meaning for Chaos. It can also be defined as the absence of substance, meaning nothingness. Therefore, I find it hard to believe that the Eightfold Rune is alligned with chaos. I'm leaning more towards mortal vices and origin of suffering.
As for my knowledge of religion, I would say it is above average but not vast. There are so many religions that one can study, but they all have similar base foundations which makes it easier to apply them to one another. When I was thinking about the speculations for the True Runes, I looked at what would be essential to the foundation of any existence.
It became easier to speculate about their nature when I looked at it that way. And I don't know if I would have Suikosource use this as information on their site. Just like you, I am also a fan and this information was only meant to be informative in the sense of giving people a perspective on why the True Runes may, emphasis on may, behave the way they do. It is purely speculative and not to be taken as canon. But, I would be honored if any site would post this information up. It would definitely give gamers and fans a different perspective.
And once again, thanks to all who are reading this and enjoying the information. Please continue to check this thread as I will continually update it as I find out more information and also, please give your opinions. If you see something you don't like or disagree with, don't be afraid to rip it apart.
As about my knowledge of Japanese History, lets just say I am an avid myth buff and asian history and myth are of one of my favorites to learn and study about. They have so much history and richness within their culture. It is just so fascinating to me, but trust me, I do not have that much extensive knowledge. SARSadmin has me beat there. And the fact that I'm an American also makes it harder for me. I'm always trying to understand more and more through research.