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KOTOHIRA – The god of the Inland Sea, the location of which is indicated on the map to your right. (the rough translation of the words above the arrow would be “Here’s the Inland Sea … assholes”. ) This deity guarded over the entire Inland Sea and commanded all of the dragons inhabiting that body of water. There were said to be one thousand dragons living in that sea and they were considered “the thousand heads of Kotohira.” He was also the patron god of navigators, fishermen and all commerce on the Inland Sea.
Kotohira’s main shrine is located on the site called Elephant Head Mountain, because of its shape. A complex of temples devoted to the god is still a major pilgrimage destination. Prior to the Meiji Restoration this deity was known as Konpira.