2015-07-30

okami wolf legends

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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .
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ookami 狼 Okami, wolf legends
yama-inu, yamainu 山犬、豺 "mountain dog"

- - - - - hakuroo, shiroi ookami 白狼 white wolf, messenger of 妙見菩薩 Myoken Bosatsu

. yamazumisama 山住様 /ヤマズミサマ "Deity living in the mountains" .
Oinusama 御犬様 O-Inusama, "Honorable Wolf Deity".

. ookami 狼 Okami, wolf .
- Introduction -
- - - - - JAPANESE WOLF FOLKLORE - by U.A. Casal





. Matsuo Basho 鹿島紀行 - A Visit to the Kashima Shrine .
As a messenger of the Mountain Deity, the wolves protect the fields by chasing deer and wild boars, which often harm the fields.
They also protect travelers, by walking behind them in a good distance - 送り狼 okuri-ookami. If the traveler comes to a human settlement after walking in the woods, he would place one of his straw sandals on the ground with an offering of rice.
Other lonely travelers might be attacked by a pack of wolves and spent a night hanging high in the branches of a tree.


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. sanbi 産火 / 産忌 - - shinibi 死火 / 死忌 fire taboos for birth and death .
including a wolf

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.................................................................. Fukushima 福島県 ....................................................................
飯舘村 Iitate

white wolf 白狼
源頼朝 Minamoto no Yoritomo wanted to defeat a family called Sumitora 墨虎 "Black Tiger".
He brought a Mountain Deity 山神 and an Inari Deity 稲荷神 all the way from Kyoto and prayed for seven days and nights, with out food or sleep.
On the 15th day of the 10th lunar month, a white wolf and a white fox appeared and their footprints lead to a small sanctuary for Sanno 山王祠 high up in the forest.
He thought that was a hint from the Deities, started the battle and won it.

. Minamoto no Yoritomo 源頼朝 (1147 - 1199).
first shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate



.................................................................. Gifu 岐阜県 ....................................................................
Gero Onsen 下呂温泉 Gero Hot Spring Spa

. yamainu no ongaeshi 山犬の恩返し the gratitude of a wolf ("mountain dog") .


.................................................................. Shizuoka 静岡県 ....................................................................

沼津市 Numazu
. yamainu 山犬 Mountain Dog, Wolf .



.................................................................. Miyagi 宮城県 ....................................................................

丸森町 Marumori Karoosan 鹿狼山 Mount Karo-San "Dear Wolf"

white wolf 白狼
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. Tenaga Ashinaga 手長足長 "long arms, long legs" .
On the border to Fukushima in Soma 相馬郡 there is mount 手長山 Tenagayama, where the deity 手長明神 Tenaga Myojin (The kami with long arms) roams.



.................................................................. Nagano 長野県 ....................................................................



.................................................................. Tokyo 東京都 ....................................................................

. Mitsumine Jinja 三峰神社 and the Wolf Cult .

And a story from Aome, Mitake-San 青梅市御岳山の武蔵御嶽神社

white wolf 白狼
Yamato Takeru on his way to Eastern Japan 日本武尊東征 passed the road near 御嶽山 Mitakesan. A local demon shapeshifted into a 白鹿 white deer and obstucted the road, so Takeru got lost. Now a white wolf appeared and showed him the way to the North-West.



So Takeru prayed at the mountain top for protection from all kinds of misfortune 火災盗難 and proclaimed the wolf a deity 守護神.

. Yamato Takeru 日本武尊 legendary prince .



.................................................................. Tottori ....................................................................

. 三朝町 Misasa hot spring .

white wolf legend 白狼


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yokai database 妖怪データベース -- 狼 274 legends to explore (00)
yokai database 妖怪データベース -- 山犬 201 legends to explore (00)
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. minwa 民話 folktales / densetsu 伝説 Japanese Legends .
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- Yookai 妖怪 Yokai Monsters of Japan -
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1 comment:

Gabi Greve said...

okuri ookami 送り狼 "a wolf following someone"
legends to explore
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https://heianperiodjapan.blogspot.jp/2017/05/wolf-okuri-okami-legends.html
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