Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Kojin of Takeuchi Shrine

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I have posted before about the wonderful straw effigies of the land kami Kojin. Not far from the Adakaya Shrine effigies there is another big shrine, Takeuchi, and here I found some unusal ones as they are sculpted in stone, not made of straw.

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At first I wasnt sure they were Kojin, I thought they may have been Ryujin, the dragon god, but I checked with the shrine priest and he confirmed they were Kojin.

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They were carved directly out of large boulders and seemed to grow out of them.

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In the Izumo area Kojin is a very widespread and popular kami, basically being the local kami of land. In my area of Iwami the similar kami goes by the name of Omoto.

3 comments:

  1. oh, they are marvellous, truly a part of the stone. Thank you for your posts I enjoy each and every one.

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  2. You seriously have no idea how much inspiration your blog gives me (mostly because I lurk). But seriously this amazing to look at.

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  3. Thank you both. Your feedback is encouraging. Once I get back from vacation I will start posting again

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