Japanese Gods: Toyotame

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll Toyotama-hime (豊玉姫) (Japanese for “Lady Bountiful Soul”) or Luxuriant-Jewel-Princess is a goddess in Japanese mythology in the episode of the “Luck of the Sea and the Luck of the Mountain” in the Kojiki as well as Nihon Shoki. She is the daughter of the sea deity,...

Japanese Gods: Uzume

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll Ame-no-Uzume-no-mikoto (Japanese: 天宇受売命, 天鈿女命) is the goddess of dawn, mirth and revelry in the Shinto religion of Japan, and the wife of fellow-god Sarutahiko Ōkami. She famously relates to the tale of the missing sun deity, Amaterasu Omikami. Her name can also be pronounced as Ama-no-Uzume....

Japanese Gods: Tsukiyomi

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto (月読尊) or Tsukuyomi (月読), is the moon god in Shinto and Japanese mythology. The name “Tsukuyomi” is a compound of the Old Japanese words tsuku (月, “moon, month”, becoming modern Japanese tsuki) and yomi (読み, “reading, counting”). The Nihon Shoki mentions this name spelled as...

Japanese Gods: Fujin

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll Fūjin (風神) or Futen is the Japanese god of the wind and one of the eldest Shinto gods. He is portrayed as a terrifying wizard-like demon, resembling a red headed green-skinned humanoid wearing a leopard skin, carrying a large bag of winds on his shoulders. In...

Japanese Gods: Takemikazuchi

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll Takemikazuchi (建御雷/武甕槌) is a deity in Japanese mythology, considered a god of thunder and a sword god. He also competed in what is considered the first sumo wrestling match recorded in history. He is otherwise known as Kashima-no-kami, the chief deity revered of the Kashima Shrine...

Japanese Gods: Hachiman

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll In Japanese beliefs, Hachiman (Japanese: 八幡神 Hepburn: Hachiman no kami/Hachiman-shin, also known as Yahata no kami) is the syncretic divinity of archery and war, incorporating elements from both Shinto and Buddhism. Although often called the god of war, he is more correctly defined as the tutelary...

Japanese Gods: Takeminakata

Vote for Takeminakata God on RELIGER Gods Poll Takeminakata-no-Kami (建御名方神) or Takeminakata-no-Mikoto (建御名方命), also known as Minakatatomi-no-Kami (南方刀美神) or Takeminakatatomi-no-Mikoto (建御名方富命) is the name of one of the two principal deities of Suwa Grand Shrine in Nagano Prefecture (historical Shinano Province). Also known under the epithet Suwa Myōjin (諏訪明神) or Suwa Daimyōjin (諏訪大明神), he...

Japanese Gods: Inari Okami

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll Inari Ōkami (稲荷大神, also Ō-Inari 大稲荷) is the Japanese kami of foxes, of fertility, rice, tea and sake, of agriculture and industry, of general prosperity and worldly success, and one of the principal kami of Shinto. In earlier Japan, Inari was also the patron of swordsmiths...

Japanese Gods: Benzaiten

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll Benzaiten (弁才天, 弁財天) (Benten for short) is a Japanese Buddhist goddess who originated from the Hindu goddess Saraswati. Worship of Benzaiten arrived in Japan during the 6th through 8th centuries, mainly via the Chinese translations of the Sutra of Golden Light, which has a section devoted...

Japanese Gods: Izanagi

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll Izanagi (Japanese: イザナギ, recorded in the Kojiki as 伊邪那岐 and in the Nihon Shoki as 伊弉諾) is a deity born of the seven divine generations in Japanese mythology and Shinto, and his name in the Kojiki is roughly translated to as “he-who-invites”. He is also known...

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