The Kami.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
 GM, 16 posts
Sun 30 Apr 2017
at 03:08
The Kami
Wherein various Kami of the Shukyokami religion will be described.



The Shukyokami of roads and borders, also referred to as Sae no Kami ("sae" meaning to obstruct or keep out evil spirits). These deities reside in stone markers found at village boundaries, in mountain passes, and along country byways. In urban areas today, dōsojin stone markers are often placed at street corners and near bridges to protect pedestrians. As the deity of the village border, the dōsojin wards off evil spirits and catastrophes, and protects the village from evil outside influences. As deity of the road, the dōsojin protects travelers, pilgrims, and those in "transitional" stages. These stone markers may bear only inscriptions, but often they depict human forms, in particular the images of a man and woman -- the latter manifestation is revered as the kami (deity) of marriage and fertility. In some localities, the dōsojin is worshiped as the kami of easy childbirth.

The Shichifukujin, or the Seven Deities of Good Fortune.  They are said to enter port on a takarabune (a ship laden with treasure)on New Years Eve to bring happiness to everybody.  Pictures and takarabune ornaments are some of the decorations used at New Years to bring good-luck.

Daikoku: The god of wealth, wears a hood and carries a bag filled with treasures on his left shoulder and an uchide-no-kozuchi (a lucky mallet) in his right hand.

Ebisu: The god of fishermen, a big res tai, or sea bream, under his left arm and a fishing rod in his right hand.

Fukurokuju and Jurojin: The aged gods of wealth and longevity, inhabit the same body, that of a long-headed old man.  He holds a cane with a makimono (scroll) tied around it and an oogi (folding fan).

Hotei: The god of contentment and happiness, holds a big bag and an oogi (folding fan).  He is said to be the only human being among the Shichifukujin.

Bishamonten: The god of warriors, wears armor and carries a small pagoda.

Benzaiten: The goddess of eloquence, music, and wisdom.  Plays the biwa (Japanese mandolin).

Kisshoten: A second goddess sometimes included among the Shichifukujin

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