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Fudo

Fudo The Immutable One Also known as: Fudo-sama Fudo, Lord of Wisdom and Fire, may be the Japanese manifestation of Dainichi Buddha. Emerging as an independent entity in the twelfth century, Fudo protects against danger and disaster. He is invoked against fire and theft. Fudo brings devoteesfinancial prosperity. He banishes evil spirits. Fudo is the guardian spirit of the Year …

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Okame

Okame Also known as: Otafuku; Ofuku; Mrs. Daruma The dance of Uzume, the shamanic strip-teaser who rescued Earth, is the prototype for Japanese shamanic dance. Daughters of provincial aristocrats were once sent to Kyoto where they were trained to dance and perform sacred rituals. Traveling through Japan in performing troupes, they eventually became the sacred ancestors of Noh, Kyogen, and …

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Kangi Ten

Kangi Ten Also known as: Kangi Two elephants locked in erotic embrace: that’s the magical image of Kangi Ten. Kangi Ten names a pair of elephant spirits and the specific iconographic image used to represent them. Kangi Ten is known elsewhere but is particularly popular in Japan. Veneration of the image unlock Kangi Ten’s many blessings: • Kangi Ten bestows …

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Kannon

Kannon Kannon is the manifestation of Kwan Yin in Japan and Korea. Although technically considered the same spirit, they do not manifest in exactly the same way nor are they always petitioned in exactly the same manner. • Kannon protects pregnant and laboring women, children and dead souls • She bestows the gift of fertility • She can heal incurable …

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Kishijoten

Kishijoten Origin: Japan Kishijoten is a spirit of love, beauty and good luck. She is considered to be Bishamon’s sister and so has close connections with the Shichi Fujukin, Japan’s Seven Spirits of Good Luck. Kishijoten is now most famous as the matron goddess of geishas. Those who consider themselves modern geishas may seek Kishijoten’s protection. Favored people: Singers; dancers; …

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Benten

Benten Also known as: Benzaiten; Benzai Tennyo Origin: Japan Benten, beautiful dragon goddess of sex, fertility, music, dance, love, and wealth, has dominion over all Earth’s treasures, material and emotional. She brings happiness, wealth, and joy. Benten is the only female member of the Shichi Fujukin, the Seven Spirits of Good Fortune. Benten is revered in Shinto and Buddhist traditions. …

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Ikazuchi

Ikazuchi In Japanese mythology, the eight gods of thunder. They are O-Ikazuchi, Ho-noIkazuchi, Kuro-Ikazuchi, Saku-Ikazuchi, Waki- Ikazuchi, Tschui-Ikazuchi, Naru-Ikazuchi, and Fushi-Ikazuchi. Taken from the Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante Back to Japanese Gods and Goddesses Back to Asian Gods and …

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Idaten

Idaten In Japanese Buddhist mythology, god of peace and contemplation. Portrayed as a young man of martial bearing, he carries a halberd. The loose parts of his garment are kept in place by his feet as a symbol of subdued sexuality. He also is sometimes portrayed with both hands resting on the pommel of his sword. Taken from the Encyclopedia …

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Ichimokuren

Ichimokuren (one-eye) In Japanese mythology, one-eyed god invoked to obtain rain during periods of drought. Taken from the Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante Back to Japanese Gods and Goddesses Back to Asian Gods and Goddesses Back to Home This post …

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Daikoku

Daikoku In Japanese Shinto-Buddhist mythology, god of wealth, portrayed as a short, stout man standing or sitting on two bales of rice, with a large wooden mallet in his right hand and a bag with a nonvegetable treasure slung over his left shoulder. The god’s “lucky mallet” is capable of bestowing wealth with one stroke. Daikoku is the guardian of …

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