Friday, September 20, 2013

Kumu Shrine & Shusai Hachimangu


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There are two shrines occupying the same site here, located just east of Izumo City across the river in Hikawa.

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The older shrine is Kumu Shrine, though in the Engi Shiki it is called Humuno Shrine. It has been in existence since at least the 7th Century as it is listed in the Izumo Fudoki. It was moved to its present site in the middle of the Edo Period. It enshrines Susano.

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The bigger shrine is Shusai Hachimangu and it is not known exactly when it was founded. Unusually it lists Susano and Homuda Wake as the main kamis, Humuda Wake being the name of the emperor who was known posthumously as Ojin

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Within the grounds are an Inari Shrine, a Wakamiya, a Miho, and Aragami.

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