Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hihara Shrine


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This is another ancient shrine listed in the Izumo Fudoki. The main kami enshrined here is Ohirumemuchi, which is either an old name for Amaterasu, or, as some sources suggest, a kami-shamaness who became Amaterasu after death.

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Ohirumemuchi was the primary kami of Suika Shinto, an Edo period ant-buddhist school of "shinto" that was heavily confucianist and was predicated on the Tokugawas right to rule.

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The other two kami enshrined here are Amenohibaraoshinadomi and Wakatsukushimenokami, and all that is known of them is that they were among the many, many descendants of Okuninushi.

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There is a very large quartz rock known as Hall of Mirrors, that is supposedly very sparky and reflective when wet.

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There is also a huge, ancient Katsura tree that is registered as a National Monument. It is 40 meters tall and the trunk has a girth of 14 meters.

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