Collect traditional Chinese ghost culture and work hard to persevere! June 14, 2020
This story is related to the six great gods in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture. Once, the villagers expanded the stage in the shrine while preparing for the sacrifice ceremony. At that time, someone used a commode to bring water and mud, and then wiped it on the wall, but no one noticed. On the day the stage was expanded, a group of young people rehearsed and danced on it. From that night, weird things happened again and again. There are often some big cotton or fireballs rolling on the stage. The villagers felt a bit weird, so they started talking. As a result, it was known to everyone that someone used the toilet during construction. In the middle of the third day, when the villagers gathered together to discuss, there suddenly sounded loud noises in the area of Liusuo Mountain. With Yang Tong in his right hand and a large candle in his left, a giant over three meters tall suddenly appeared in front of the villagers. The giant stared at them angrily. It is said that this giant is the six great gods, and the villagers who were afraid of its troubles sincerely apologized. Generally speaking, the anger of gods is expressed in the form of haunting, but the six great gods appear directly, which shows how angry it is.
I have been to Kiyotaki Temple in Tosa City, Kochi Prefecture, one of the eighty-eight temples in Shikoku. A mysterious stone was placed there, giving people a strange feeling. On the stone stood a huge Buddha statue, and a strange old woman stood beside it. The old woman asked me to pay one hundred yen, and I gave it to her. She led me into a secret passage. -The cave was dark. After walking for a while, I saw a Buddha statue through the dim light. As I was looking closely, someone suddenly stroked my back. I looked back and found that it was the old woman just now. She stroked my back with her hands from top to bottom. I felt a little strange, the old woman stopped, and then said: "This way the bad luck will be driven away." The old woman told me where the exit was, and I ran out hurriedly. At that time, not many people came here to worship, which made me feel terrible. After coming out of the exit, the old woman stood in the place just now casually, waiting for the next tourist. I always felt that the old woman was a monster, so I watched it carefully for a while. Although nothing happened, I had a mysterious feeling, and then I went down the mountain.
This kind of god is a kind of "bull god" that people believed before they believed in Tianshen. In Kaseda City on the Satsuma Peninsula (today Bennan Satsuma City), on the old calendar October when rice is harvested, people worship a bull god called "Moo Mooden." During the sacrificial ceremony, people would erect a bundle of straw in the paddy field. The children circled around the straw and sang "Moo, good dry field, good paddy field, plant one liter, hit 13 bags". They also had a rice cake similar to beef tongue in their mouths, and they pulled each other. It is said that this is a sacrificial activity to celebrate a good harvest and pray for success in the coming year. "Moo" refers to the sound of a cow. SP, the children became bull gods. It is said that in the middle of the night of that day, some areas will also hold an event called "Choushisan" to worship the Tianshen. The god of cows is worshipped everywhere in Kyushu. The god of cows worshipped at Gori-cho in Gowa Town, Amakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture, will go to Kushido in the dead of night and make a sound of "rustling". If someone hears this sound, someone will die or have a fire the next day. In this way, the bull god will inform people of the imminent disaster.
Bose is a kind of elves in the legends of the Tugala Islands and Eshishima in Kagoshima Prefecture. It will appear on the 16th of July, the end of Obon. All the young men who play Boss, they wear masks and palm leaves. Although these are all handmade, for some reason, young people must not be seen by women and children while they are dressed up as Posses. In the square near the cemetery known as "Tara", after the Bon dance was over, Bosse would come on stage with a one-meter long stick known as "Posemara" to chase or frighten women and children. "Posemara" is stained with red muddy water on one end, which has the effect of driving away evil spirits. It is said that when a woman gets pregnant with red muddy water, it does not seem to be a simple scare. In the past, the legend of Bose was also circulated on the Nakanoshima Island in the Tukara Archipelago. But now, only the Evil Rock Island can still hear related legends. Activities like this kind of worship to visiting gods seem to be found on all the southern islands, such as the sacrifice rituals of Akita's "Shoal" and Hokuriku's "Cocoon Peeling Monster".
On Hateruma Island in the Yaeyama Islands, every year on the Obon Festival in the seventh month of the lunar calendar, people hold a sacrificial ceremony called "Msama". The unique visiting god "Fushamara" from the South will come to participate in the disguise parade. "Fusha" means grass, and "Mala" means rare visitor. In short, Fushamala is the relative of visiting gods such as "life stripping" and "cocoon stripping monster" in the northeast. All local primary and middle school students dressed as Fushamara, they wear homemade masks, hold mountain palms, and are covered with vines. Fushamala was originally the god of praying for rain and appeared in the ceremony of praying for rain. Summer in the Ryukyu Islands is dry and less rainy, as is Hateruma Island. Therefore, praying for rain is a very important sacrificial ceremony. On Iriomote Island in the Yaeyama Islands, people set the water-related Ren (brother of water) and Ku (brother of water) day as the second day of harvest festival in the sixth month of the lunar calendar. Summoning Akama and Kuramata will be held. The ceremony of two gods. These two gods are the patron saints who bless the harvest of rice, and they are also known as "Fusamala". It is said that Fushamara is just another name that emphasizes his identity as a water god.
There is a story in Ziba County, Iwate Prefecture: Two men who met at the hotel learned that their wives were about to give birth. One of them said: "If my wife gave birth to a boy and your wife gave birth to a girl, they will marry when they grow up." The other also agreed. When the two returned home, one of them gave birth to a boy and the other was a girl. When the two children grew up, they married according to their father's agreement. The woman was born with a lucky star, so the family's wealth is prosperous, and more people come in and out. The man didn’t like this. An old man gave him an idea: “You get up tomorrow morning and shoot an arrow made of mugwort against the roof of the warehouse with a crystal bow.” So, the man prepared a bow and arrow, When I came to the warehouse the next morning, I saw a little old man sitting on the roof, waving in all directions. The man shot an arrow without hesitation. Not long after, his wife walked into the warehouse, and the old man just now appeared inside and said, "I am the god of blessing. Because I was hit by an arrow, I had to leave here." After speaking, he left. Later, their family was impoverished and his wife ran away.
This god is also called "Bin Head God" or "Foot Buddha" and so on. Many people believe that if a certain part of the body is troubled by a disease, touching the same part of the god, the disease can be cured. In Ximing Temple in Mashiko Town, Haga County, Tochigi Prefecture, two head gods are enshrined, and each of the gods is covered with hairpins for combing their hair. This may be the result of the petitioner using a card instead of stroking. In the West, there is also a similar "foddling". Because of being caressed all the year round, the feet of a statue of the Virgin Mary have become very smooth. The head of the head god of Bin Shinji in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture is also very smooth. Afterwards, he painted it again. Bin Head God was originally a disciple of Shakyamuni, and was once one of the sixteen arhats. He had great magical powers, but because he liked to show his magical powers, he was rebuked by Sakyamuni and was not allowed to Nirvana.
During the reign of Emperor Oishin (270~310), a god of the gods of unidentified gods appeared on the Kamio mountain in the Izumo Hirakata countryside (today, in the area of Sauoka square, Taishi Town, Ibo-gun, Ibo-gun, Hon Hyogo Prefecture), killing passing pedestrians. Kill five out of ten and three out of five. This god is a goddess, and I do not know when Izumo people began to worship this god. Yuyin God is violent and self-willed. Travelers passing by here are very scared. At that time, Obo 3 from Hoki Country (today's Tottori Prefecture), Bujuku from Inaba Country (today's Tottori Prefecture), and Toki from Izumo Country (today's Shimane Prefecture) were three people. Very distressed, he reported the matter to the government truthfully. The government immediately sent Nukadabe and others to pray to the evil god. They built a palace for the gods in Yagata, and a wine house on Mount Sasa, used to brew sacred wine for worshipping the gods and worship the god Yuyin. Soon, one group of people followed the stream, and another group of people cast a spell, finally suppressing the god of Yuyin. Because of the suppression of the Yuyin God, the nearby river was later called the "Yanchuan".
A long time ago, I visited Banpington in Miyazaki Prefecture. However, it seems to be half human and half god. It took me a lot of effort to find the half-flat stone Buddha, where I saw the peculiar Tianshen, who looked like a lucky god. Banpington is a kind of god similar to a funny monster, with only one fish in front of him. The villagers talked and laughed happily, and the half-pacing seemed to be related to this "calm" atmosphere. We must not underestimate folk beliefs. I think folk beliefs contain various unsolved mysteries. There are many folk gods in Kyushu, and Banpington is one of them, which is very cute and interesting. Like Oita's "Yoshi 46" and Kumamoto's "Hikoichi", Banpington is also famous as the protagonist of a well-known wisdom story in Miyazaki Prefecture.
"Sashimi" is a very famous ritual activity in Akita Prefecture, but few people know its origin. The locals regard it as a solemn ceremony. Every year on the night of the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, the simple and kind-hearted youths in the village put on a terrible mask and call out from house to house while yelling. They would wear a kind of "Kai Lamy" clothing, put a large wooden knife and a few small knives in the box, and shook them "crashing". In addition, there is a fixed lyric for "raw peeling": "Is the fire spot peeled off? Peeled." "Has the kitchen knife been sharpened? Is it sharpened." "Is the adzuki bean boiled? Boiled." Peel off the fire with a knife Spots (a kind of spot produced by baking for a long time), and then eaten with boiled adzuki beans, this is completely intimidating. In other words, ghosts will peel off the skins of those slackers who stay motionless throughout the winter and focus on the fire every day, and then eat them. It is said that Oga City in Akita Prefecture will be divided into three groups. The first group will come from Oga’s main mountain; the second group will come from Taiping Mountain; and the third group will come through the ice of Hachirokata.
Although it is not clear whether anyone worships catfish as a god, in most cases, people regard it as a close relative of the water god. In Tamana County, Kumamoto Prefecture, there is a saying that catfish belong to the clan of Shijin Otsu Aso Shrine and cannot be eaten. Once someone eats it, they will develop vitiligo (a skin disease). There is a similar saying in Saga Prefecture. It is said that the messenger of Yodohime Shrine is catfish. If people who believe in this god eat catfish, they will die of abdominal pain. It is not only Kumamoto who thinks that eating catfish will cause vitiligo, but there are also other places. This seems to be the result of deifying the catfish. In the past, people thought that the frequent earthquakes were caused by the catfish being angry. Of course, this is probably because the catfish was more sensitive to the seismic current before the earthquake and caused commotion. In some places, it is believed that if a lot of catfish are caught suddenly, or if the catfish comes to the surface and spit bubbles, it is a precursor to an earthquake. The ancients who were good at observing nature connected earthquakes with catfish.
Sui Dong is the god of the year. The people of Nishinoshima in Kagoshima Prefecture think Suido is an alias for the god of the moon. Sui Dong lives in Heaven on weekdays. In Sensenoura, Shimizeng Island, people think that Suidong will ride a headless horse on New Year’s Eve, jingling bells, and descend on a nearby mountain and come to the world. Sui Dong's nose is like a tengu, and he looks like an old man with white hair. On Xiazheng Island, Suidong still appears on New Year's Eve. Of course, this is a sacrificial activity. People with children in the family will greet people dressed as Suidong in advance, and ask them to wear masks and robes like tengu, hair made of palm or cycad leaves, and come to the house at night. Sui Dong would go to the house, punish bad children, ask them to make corrections, give the children a "year-old cake", and then go back. People believe that accepting the new year cake means that the child has grown up one year old. If it is not accepted, the age will not increase. The New Year's cake is the New Year's money. As mentioned earlier, Sui Dong will ride a headless horse to the world on New Year’s Eve. In Tokushima Prefecture, there is a kind of monster called "Nightwalker" that also appears in the same way. Perhaps, Nightwalker is what it looks like after Sui Dong's fall.
In Kagoshima Prefecture and the southern part of Kumamoto Prefecture, people hold events called "time". When an infectious disease breaks out or a fire breaks out, villagers will gather together to hold such activities. People will also hold this kind of activity at a fixed time, such as once a month, once or twice a year. All the villagers will stop working to make rice balls or rice cakes and have a meal together. This kind of activity is also called "time ". In Nannogo and Takada, in the town of Sueyoshi, Kagoshima Prefecture (today's original city), people would hold a "time" on April 3rd of the lunar calendar, putting rice cakes in straw bags and then putting them on Chopsticks, hanging at the entrance of the village. The reason why people do this is to worship the god of time. Shishen is a bird that can predict good and bad luck. There was a man who was washed away by the flood because he ignored the prophecy made by God. So, what exactly is Time God? Sueyoshi Town regards the crow as the god of time, but the crow is usually regarded as the messenger of the mountain god. The so-called "time" refers to a sacrificial ritual. Therefore, although there is a saying of "time god", this kind of god does not actually exist.
The Ainu people once circulated such a saying that all people are attached to the gods. Because the possessed person depends on the god, the personality of the person will be different. Ping-gods are all kinds of deities who take care of themselves when a person is born, including snakes, bears, weasels, bats, and bees. Relying on God is divided into congenital possession by God and acquired possession by God, which are both protective and harmful. Sometimes there are a few people who are born with God, the more the number, the greater the human ability. At the same time, Ping Shen can also function as a patron saint. In addition, in the acquired gods, there are both protectors, such as bear gods, and harmful ones, such as "Kechunpu". In the Hidakasharucheon area, some frail and sickly women will ask People do things to allow themselves to be possessed by snakes and gods. In the practice, the old man made a snake shape with a rope tied to his luggage or half-cut wicker, prayed to the god of fire, and then came to the chaff field where people discarded the chaff, and received the soul from the patron saint, the snake. Then put it on the shoulders of the sick and weak, as a method to drive away evil spirits. After that, the evil spirits that damage people's health will be driven away by the snake gods, and the snake gods become attached to people by gods.
There is a burning fire shrine in Oki, Shimane Prefecture, which has been regarded as the patron saint of the sea. There is also a story about this shrine: Long ago, Emperor Gotoba was exiled to Oki due to the Joku Rebellion (1221). After going out to fish, Toba encountered a storm on his way to the emperor, and was in a dilemma. So, the emperor chanted and prayed, the storm stopped, and a divine fire appeared in the sea to guide him. The emperor returned to the land safely, and said happily, "The sea burns algae salt, what is it to burn? Only see algae smoke." Suddenly, a strange old man walked over to him and said: "The Japanese song you chanted just now. Since I have already said'burning algae', I don't think there is any need to ask'burn he' again, just say'burn.' It’s all right.” The emperor was shocked and asked who he was. The other party said: "I live here forever and will continue to guard the ships here in the future." Then he disappeared. It is said that the emperor built a small temple here with a medicine Buddha carved by Kukai. Until now, every year on the 29th of December in the lunar calendar, sacred fires still appear in the sea and fly into the lanterns in the shrine.
The Keelyu Temple on the outskirts of Aizuwakamatsu enshrines an ancient statue of Avalokitesvara with a large pillar next to it. This pillar is called "Baofu Zhu". If someone hugged this pillar, they would go to Paradise without pain like a dead leaf. From ancient times to the present, many old people have come here to hug it, and the pillars have been polished to black and shiny. Combs are hung around the pillars. It is said that by doing so, they can give all their pain to Guanyin. Huilong Temple also enshrines women's hair with spirits, which made me stunned. Looking at this shiny black pillar that has been in existence for thousands of years, I seem to feel something invisible to the naked eye. Although invisible, it is full of an incredible "qi". Being able to go to Paradise without pain is something that many people dream of. Therefore, there are also some monasteries called "Gabang Temple". After visiting the temple, people can rush to the Paradise of Elysium without any pain. The incense in these temples is very strong.
The genital worship of the Japanese has a long history, and there are places to worship this kind of thing everywhere in the country. In Tono City, Iwate Prefecture, a stone phallus is worshipped, which is called the "Golden Spirit." There is a shrine called "Kine Shrine" in Oyama Town, Tottori Prefecture, which enshrines a wooden phallus. The reason why people worship the penis is to pray for harmony between husband and wife and full of descendants. When I went to the Tianxian Shrine in Aichi Prefecture, I was shocked. The shrine was enshrined with a huge penis. People sacrificed to different forms of phallus, some were carved out of wood or stone, and some were painted with penis. Since ancient times, people have believed that phallic possesses "spiritual power" and is the driving force for childbirth, so it has been worshipped. Having said that, I remembered one thing. A female driver who took me to the neighborhood once told me a strange thing: that there was a strange tree in the middle of the road. If anyone cuts down this tree, it will die. Up to now, three people have died, and the tree still grows in the middle of the road. I thought that tree had a special power. After I touched it, I found out that it was just an ordinary tree.
There is a place in Kamakura that is called a paradise called Qianlai Benten. To be precise, it is the Ugafuku Shrine of Kansai Benzaitian. The shrine is surrounded by cliffs, and you have to go through a cave to get here. It can be described as a real paradise. There is a cave in the courtyard of the shrine, and water is gurgling in the cave. It is said that if you use the clean water here to launder money, you will make a fortune, hence the name "Money Laundering Bentian". The fate of people is incredible, especially when it comes to wealth. Some people will make big windfalls, while others will lose money for no reason. It is a world of difference. Wealth is not something that can be explained by reason. Qian Laundering Bentian cleverly captured people's psychology. Regardless of stocks or cash, as long as the water is soaked in here, it will grow threefold or fivefold, and there is an endless stream of good men and women who come to worship. When I went to worship, I was stunned by the fragrance and smoke of burning incense. It seems that the water here is amazing.
In the coastal villages of Iwate Prefecture, people call the monsters who come to punish lazy people every year on the night of the 15th of the first month as "Sinaika." Sinaika wore a terrible wooden mask and walked from house to house, stripping fire spots from human calves. When it appears, it will keep shaking the door or scratching the door with its claws. After entering the house, it will ask the children in the house "Are you good...", so the children are afraid of it. In Yoshihama, Kesen-gun, Iwate Prefecture (today's Ofunato City), people would set the age of every second, fifth, and seventh as the age of 35. In the new year, men will wear wooden masks or dresses and dress as Sinaka. The material used to make the mask is strange-shaped wood found in the deep mountains, and ordinary wood cannot be used. This kind of mask can ward off evil spirits, and people will keep it carefully. Sometimes, children will dress up as Sinaika, and they will color the tiled paper to make ghost masks.
Since ancient times, people have believed that deer is the object of god possession. In Hizen (present-day Saga and Nagasaki prefectures), the deer that inhabited here were messengers of the gods, and hunters could not kill them casually. One man didn't believe it and broke into the island of God with a gun. A deer appeared in front of him, and he aimed at the deer's vital point and fired a shot. The bullet obviously hit, but the deer didn't look painful. The man fired another shot, and the deer remained unscathed. "Damn it!" Just as he was about to fire the third shot, countless deer suddenly appeared in the mountains and surrounded him. The man was frightened, took the gun and ran away, and finally escaped. His friends thought he was a little abnormal, so they asked: "What happened on the island of God?" The man pretended to be calm and said nothing. But everyone saw that his face was wrong. After being questioned by everyone, he told the truth. After listening to his description, everyone admired the deer's power.
In the areas of Soma and Ishikawa counties in Fukushima Prefecture, when someone gets sick or loses something, the women in the village gather and form a circle, with a child standing in the middle with an exorcism flag. The women would sing repeatedly together: "Nammo Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, possess, Ksitigarbha." Under the effect of hypnosis, the children began to shake the spirit banner. At this time, people will ask the child who is possessed by the Jizo about the prescription for treatment, the doctor who can cure the disease, and whether the lost things can be found. Local children will also play a game called "Jizang Tour". The specific method of play is: ask a child to hide his thumb, hold a piece of Nan Tianzhu leaf in front of him, and then sit down. The other children surrounded him and sang M Nanmujizoda Bodhisattva as they turned in a circle. "The southern bamboo leaves in the hands of the children in the middle will sway. The children will say, see, the God of Jizo is possessed." Then ask questions like where the things were dropped. It is not only children who can let the ground hide, but sometimes girls or old ladies.
When I accidentally looked through a pamphlet called "Ben" published by Kodansha, I found an article written by Takahashi Kihei with the title "Mountain God". When he was working at the Yamagata branch of the forestry test field, a friend once left an important watch in the mountain. "It's a pity, but you should give up." As soon as he finished speaking, the friend said that it was impossible. Just ask the mountain god to find it. So he took that friend into the mountain and came to a hillside. While urinating, the friend said in his mouth, "God of mountain, my very important watch is lost. Please help me." Then he kept looking around. "Look, there! "He pointed to a place about twenty meters away. I thought to myself: It's a daydream. But looking in the direction he was pointing, the watch was there. Kihei Takahashi felt it was incredible at the time, but he I don't think it was accidental. He also stated that it must have been moved by something, so I found the watch. I think whether it is a mountain god or a monster, it can sense human prayers.
In the past, there was a saying among the Ainu that no matter who they were, they would be possessed by at least one god, up to three. However, it is not necessarily born to be possessed by God, and there are cases of being possessed by God after birth. There was once such a story: A woman went to the mountain to dig wild vegetables, and accidentally ran into a bear (god) in the mountain. The woman was startled and saw God Bear lying on the ground in pain. She calmed her mind and took a closer look, and found that God Bear’s throat was covered with ticks the size of rice balls. The woman didn't dare to approach, but she couldn't bear to sit back and watch, and finally helped God Bear to catch all the ticks. The bear god let the woman at her mercy, and when the woman finished catching the tick, it stood up and disappeared into the mountain. The woman breathed a sigh of relief, and then went home. That night, God Bear came to the woman's dream to thank him and agreed to be a woman by God. From then on, the bear god became the god of this woman. Later, she found a good husband, full of children and grandchildren, and spent her old age in peace. It is said that the size of the Ainu's ability is determined by the number of gods. The more gods, the greater the ability.
Kyoto has done an excellent job of preserving historical relics, and there is even the "Harimei Shrine" of Abe Haruaki. Abe Haruaki is enshrined in the shrine and continues to exist in this world. There is also a shrine dedicated to the hell guide Ono Kan, and inside it is a doll-sized statue of Ono Kan, which is really surprising. However, the shrine dedicated to Nagaba Jizo in Nishijin is also a magical place. Dingba Jizo Zun will pull out people’s worries just like pulling out a nail. The old people nearby come to worship every day. The inscription of gratitude is engraved on the stone tablet, and the content is as follows: Thank you Jizo who relieved the pain, please give your glory to us for generations. There are still nails and nail removers. There is a strange feeling. It's really hard to laugh.
In the northeastern part of the Kofu Basin and east of Mount Tripitaka, there is a beautiful, pyramid-shaped sacred mountain, Mount Omuro. There is a Yamanashioka Shrine in the town of Kasugai Town, Higashiyamanashi County in the eastern foothills (today Honfuki City). There is a wooden sculpture in the shrine. It is a strange beast with only one leg. It looks like a combination of a cow and a toad. This wooden sculpture is opened once every seven years, as a god of lightning protection and exorcism, accepting people's worship. Its name is "Kui Shen." Kui is a monster described in the "Shan Hai Jing" written in the Warring States Period of China. The book says: "There is Liubo Mountain in the East China Sea, and seven thousand miles into the sea, there are beasts on it. , Looks like a cow, has a large body without horns, and one foot. When entering and leaving 7JC, there must be wind and rain, its light is like the sun and the moon, its sound is like thunder, and its name is Kui..." ① In "Mandarin • Lu Yuxia", there is "the strangeness of wood and stone is called Kui, 魍魉, and the strangeness of water is called dragon and 焔Elephant..." (2) Kui is also regarded as the ancestor of Japanese one-legged monsters, such as Yamaya and a Tadan. However, why Yamanashi Prefecture worships such a god is still an unsolved mystery.
There has been such a saying since ancient times: some trees will become the shelter of certain monsters, such as banyan trees; some trees are the residence of gods; and some trees themselves are gods. In Japanese mythology, when the couple gods of Izanaki and Izanami created everything, the tree god was created second, so its origin is quite long. In Japan, there are also stories about tree gods appearing in front of mankind as human beings. The tree god (sacred tree) in shrines or temples is called "Kudoman" and is the spirit who guards the garden. The sacred tree is the only way for the gods to descend from the sky to the world, or the temporary residence of the gods in the world. The characteristic of this kind of sacred tree is that the trunk is divided into two to three branches, which can send out the feeling of the gods. The trees in the shrine and the trees that people worship as mountain gods are both sacred trees. The elves living on this kind of sacred tree are the tree gods.
When I was young, I often saw some small Jizotang on the side of the road. Walking on a quiet forest path, and suddenly encountering a Jizotang, I can't help but relax. One of the most respected Jizo temples is the Kawakura Jizo temple in Kanagicho, Aomori Prefecture (today, Goshogawara City). People think that after praying in Jizotang, they can save themselves from grief and distress, so from life to death, people hope that Jizotang can fulfill all their wishes. There are also dolls in military uniforms and military caps in the picture. Maybe someone is supporting the son who died in the war, as if the son was really standing there. On the side of the main hall stands a huge Jizo, with an expression that can satisfy any wish. Under the pine tree there is an old woman who seems to have just returned from a business trip on Mount Dread, telling everyone about the world of the dead. Looking at her confident expression, people have the illusion of not knowing whether they are in the sun or the underworld. The world after death seen in Jizotang seems to be within reach, giving people an inexplicable sense of pleasure (maybe it cannot be called pleasure).
The great nation lord of Izumo (today's Shimane Prefecture) often encountered difficulties from his eighty brothers (called the "eighty gods"). On one occasion, the Eighty Gods proposed to Hachijo Bimai in Inaba (today's Tottori Prefecture), but Hachijo Bimai claimed to marry the great nation lord. Eighty gods became angry and planned to kill the great nation lord. On the way back, when they arrived at the foothills of the Tamayama in Hoki (today's Tottori Prefecture), the Eighty Gods said: "We will drive out a red wild boar. You must catch it. Otherwise, you will be killed. After speaking, everyone burned a big boar-shaped rock to red, and then pushed it down in the direction of the great power. The great nation lord who caught the big stone was scalded to death. If the mother god Thorn Kingdom sells mercy to the great power, he asks the God of Birth-Nest Day to resurrect him. Nishimori sent cockles and clams to sell. Clam Beibi sells the shells of the cockles off and burns them, while Clam Beibi releases the water from the clam's body, dissolves the powder of the shell in the water to make milk, and then rubs it on the body of the great power. After a while, the Great Lord was resurrected, and he was more handsome than before. There is a saying that this story is suggesting that the raw material for the burn prescription of the sun god is the shell, etc. This can also be regarded as the earliest plaster.
Ushigozen is the general name for Ushishima Shrine before the Meiji era. It is the oldest shrine in Tokyo's Sumida district. In the past, a monster that looked like a cow and ghost appeared in Sumida River, running wildly in the village, and then broke into Niu Yuqian, it dropped a bezoar from its body, and then left. This bezoar has been passed down as a treasure of the town and community to this day. The shrine’s ritual god Susano Omani, also known as the "Nutou Tianwang", has a violent personality like a bull-ghost. The monster mentioned above seems to be its incarnation. In an ancient book called "My Wife Mirror", there is a record of cow ghosts. On March 6th of the third year of Jianchang (1251), a cow-like monster suddenly appeared in Asakusa on the other side of the Sumida River, and broke into Sensoji Temple. Seven of the fifty monks were killed by it, and another twenty-four. wounded. The book does not explain the relationship between this monster and Niu Yuqian, but it is likely to be Niu Yuqian's desolate soul (a god that can cause trouble or bring disaster). Yasaka Shrine in Gion Town, Higashiyama District, Kyoto, also enshrines the Ushito Tenno, which is regarded as a god who can prevent plagues, and is worshipped in awe as the "soul god" as the desolate soul of Susano's life.
In Fenglaiji Village (today's new city) in Nanshiraku County, Aichi Prefecture, a valley known as "Honokubo", where there is a ghastly forest during the day. One day, four or five woodsmen from Rock Valley walked into this forest and found a huge old zelkova tree with no leaves. They filled the old tree with fresh firewood and set it alight. The next morning, they came to the old zelkova tree that had been reduced to ashes casually. Everyone smelled an indescribable fishy smell, and saw some teeth and bones. A woodcutter said, "We burned down terrible things." Then everyone ran for their lives. From that night, they had a high fever and were ill in bed. They looked in agony like a snake rolling. The villagers suspected that something was causing trouble, so they invited a monk from Fenglai Temple. When the monk saw the appearance of the woodcutter, he said, "This is a snake that has been practicing for a thousand years!" So people put the ashes of the old beech tree into the sarcophagus. The monks of Fenglai Temple bestowed this big snake with the title of "Cleaning Obstacles and Immaculate God", and then made a grand sacrifice. Every year on the Obon Festival, the people of Iwatani sing "Incorporated into the root of Feng no Kubo, now it is Wushou Daimyoji" while offering worship to Wushou God.