Thursday, January 15, 2015

Kora Shrine


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Kora Shrine, located on the small hillside overlooking the Ohashi River just before it empties into the Nakaumi, appears to be just a small, local shrine, however it is listed in the 8th Century Izumo Fudoki, though using different kanji to write the name.

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The kami enshrined is is listed as Tamatare, known as Kora no Tamatare, the main kami of Kora Taisha a big shrine near Kurume in Fukuoka. According to the myth he was a "minister" serving Jingu during the mythical subjugation of Korea. He is represented as having a long white beard. (Quite a handsome guy :))

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The main shrine itself seems barely used, however there is a substantial altar to Kojin with a very, very long body, and thsi seems to be the main focus of the shrine.

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Kojin is often called the Kami of the Hearth, but here in Izumo its identity is more complex. It is a mix of land kami, ujigami, Tanokami etc and is obviously the main kami for the people of the area, as opposed to the elite and rulers of the area.

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