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SHINTO DEITY: KUYEBIKO

 Kuyebiko was the Shinto scarecrow god. Originally he functioned as the protector of the rice fields, a task assigned him by his father Inari the rice god. He was considered to be incarnate in all scarecrows and eventually came to be  considered as a divinitory deity who knew everything that transpired under the heavens.

The leap from being the god of scarecrows to divinitory deity came about because of Continue reading

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SHINTO DEITY: JUROJIN

For more of the Shinto deities I’ve covered here at Balladeer’s Blog click here: http://www.makethelist.net/the-top-10-deities-in-shinto-mythology/ 

JUROJIN – The god of longevity who granted a long life and watched over the elderly. He was depicted as a Continue reading

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SHINTO DEITY: KOTOHIRA

For other Shinto deities I’ve covered here at Balladeer’s Blog click here: http://www.makethelist.net/the-top-10-deities-in-shinto-mythology/ 

 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 Continue reading

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SHINTO DEITY OF THE DAY – OKUNINUSHI

 The latest deity of the day here at Balladeer’s Blog will be Okuninushi. For my larger entry on Shinto gods and goddesses click here: http://www.makethelist.net/the-top-10-deities-in-shinto-mythology/                                         

 OKUNINUSHI – The Shinto god of medicine who eventually became the ruler of the Izumo area of Japan. Okuninushi lived in Izumo, which was under the control of the extended family of deities of the exiled storm god Susanowo. The turning point in the medicine god’s life came when he used his healing powers to cure a rabbit that his brothers had cruelly abused. The healed rabbit transformed into his true form as the Continue reading

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SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION: MY SHINTO LIST IS UP AT MAKETHELIST

Another site has been kind enough to run an item of mine. In this case a list of the Top 10 Deities In Shinto Mythology. The Shinto pantheon gets just enough attention that I didn’t feel it merited a whole page from me so I just did a Top 10 (with lots of side-references to lesser Shinto gods and goddesses) and submitted it elsewhere. Here is the link: http://www.makethelist.net/the-top-10-deities-in-shinto-mythology/

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