Thursday, November 14, 2013

Iha Shrine


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Walking out of the village of Naoe towards the train station there is yet another shrine. Iha Shrine is recorded in the Izumo Fudoki so is therefore at least 1300 years old. It was until 1750 on top of Mount Iwano but then relocated down to its present location.

The map shows it as Iha Shrine, as does the signboard, but the new stone marker in front says KamiNaoe Hachimagu. I can find no explanation.

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At some point in the not too distant past the whole shrine has been reconstructed. The main kami of the shrine is Okuninushi.

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There are several smaller shrines collected together in the grounds but they are listed as unknown kami.

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There is also the almost obligatory Inari shrine....

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