Chimata is lord of the crossroads, highways, byways, and footpaths. He is an ancient phallic spirit. Phallic images representing him or meant to propitiate him are traditionally placed at crossroads. In addition to representing male fertility power, these phallic symbols also serve to ward off and police the malicious spirits who sometimes congregate at crossroads. Chimata is also invoked to heal erectile dysfunction and enhance fertility. He may or may not be the same spirit as Dosojin.
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Chimata is represented by stone road markers and phallic symbols. His image is also sometimes found at onsen (traditional Japanese hot springs). Allegedly stroking these images will remedy sexual dysfunction and/or infertility for both men and women.
Request Chimata’s blessings and keep him happy by placing a smooth pebble at a crossroads’ very point of intersection and saying a prayer to him.
Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by: Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.