2015-08-25

Fujin Wind God Legends

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. Japanese legends and tales 伝説 民話 昔話 - Introduction .
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. Typhoon legends - taifū 台風 伝説 Taifun Legenden .
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風神 Fujin and Raijin 雷神 God of Thunder

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............. Fuujin 風神 Fujin - Kaze no Kami 風の神 Wind God Legends .............
風天 Futen - 風神伝説 Wind God Legends

In some prefectures (Chiba, Ibaraki and Yamanashi) it is customary to stick an amulet calendar leaf on the wooden window or paper sliding door, to prevent any sharp wind from coming in and harming people. The Wind God uses a large sword to cut the skin and is seen as yokai monster called カマヘダチ kamahedachi.

The official name is Kamaitachi 鎌鼬(かまいたち) "sickle weasel".



Kamaitachi (鎌鼬) is a Japanese yōkai often told about in the Kōshin'etsu region, or can also refer to the strange events that this creature causes.
They appear riding on dust devils, and they cut people using the nails on both their hands that are like sickles. One would receive a sharp wound from it, but there is no pain.
. . . It was originally thought to be a corruption of the word "kamae tachi" (stance sword) . . .
- - - More in the WIKIPEDIA !

. Kobayashi Issa 小林一茶 in Edo .

木がらしや鎌ゆひつけし竿の先
kogarashi ya kama yuitsukeshi sao no saki

withering wind -
a sickle bound to the top
of the pole



馬売りて墓地抜けし夜の鎌鼬
uma urite bochi nukeshi yo no kamaitachi

I sold the horse
and passed the graveyard in a night
of a withering wind


Chiho Kashuu 千保霞舟 Chiho Kashu

- More haiku about the kamaitachi かまいたち
- reference : HAIKUreikuDB -

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カマエダチ kamaedachi / カマヘダチ kamahedachi
kamaitachi カマイタチ with 71 legends to explore


source : shigege.blog89.fc2.com

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Around 1740 someone saw a strange young man. His hair had a strange do and his haori 羽織 coat was so long it dragged on the ground. The sword in his sash was very long too and the pipe was another long long item.
People who saw him thought he was the God of Wind.


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Temple 弘教寺 Gukyo-Ji

A young acolyte at the temple suffered from the cold sharp wind (kamaitachi).
He burned some amulet calendars and spread the ashes on his sore skin to heal it.

Another man in the 甲斐 Kai province stuck some amulet calendar sheets on the windows to keep the Wind God with his long sword out.


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風神としての天狗 Tengu as God of the Wind


source : takubo.net/blog

A tengu clad as a 山伏 yamabushi mountain priest was asked to come to a village to attend some rituals. In no time he came flying through the sky and landed at the shrine for the clan deity 氏神の社. Since it was cold the villagers asked if they could make a fire. But when the Yamabushi used his Tengu hand fan to kindle the flames, the fire went out all of a sudden.
When leaving the Yamabushi told one farmer that there had just been a fire in his farmhouse and he had distinguished the fire with his divine wind . . .


Tengu with his hand fan 天狗 団扇

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The pagodas of some temples in various parts of Japan have been lost to fire, because of a strong wind caused by the Tengu - 天狗の所作.
The great city fires in Kyoto, Osaka and Edo are also caused by the Tengu. It all starts with a small fire in a neighbourhood but when suddenly a strong wind begins to blow, the whole ward is in fire.


. Tengu 天狗と伝説 Tengu legends "Long-nosed Goblin" .

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.................................................................. Ehime 愛媛県 ....................................................................
土居町 Doi

In the middle of the bridge 河内橋 Kawachibashi there is a huge boulder with a small sanctuary in it. Now the Wind God, who was once located in the mountain forest, is venerated here. Villagers come here to be healed of coughing 咳.


.................................................................. Nagano 長野県 ....................................................................
松代町 Matsushiro

During the times of Takeda Shingen the lord of Matsushiro castle was 高坂弾正 Kosaka Masanobu. Once there came a Yamabushi to his garden, saying he was the Tengu from Mount Ominesan in Yamato 和州大峰. If he would be allowed to build a sanctuary in the garden, the wooden castle building would be protected from fire. He wrote his name on a leaf of the paper mulberry tree in the compound and left. And the castle was protected from that time on.
Then many generations later someone cut the tree down and took the leaf away.
Now the curse became true and the castle burned down.

Kōsaka Masanobu (高坂昌信) Kosaka Masanobu
also known as Kasuga Toratsuna (春日虎綱, 1527 – June 12, 1578)
was a Japanese samurai warrior of the Sengoku period. He was known as one of his "Twenty-Four Generals of Takeda Shingen". He is often credited as the original author of Kōyō Gunkan, which records the history of the Takeda family and their military tactics.
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中川村 Nakagawa

Kazesaburoo 風三郎 Wind God called Kazesaburo
He is a God of Wind and rides a black bull out of his 風穴 "Wind Cave" in a boulder.
The God of Wind does not like the Chinese Lions (shishi 獅子), therefore the dancers of the New Year 神楽獅子 Kagurajishi and 越後獅子 Echigojishi do not come to the shrine via the main access slope.
If they would dare go straight up the slope, a strong wind and rain is sure to come.


Kaze no Matasaburō 風の又三郎 story by Miyazawa Kenji
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.................................................................. Nara 奈良県 ....................................................................

風神としての天狗 Tengu as God of the Wind
During the 奈良の水取 Mizutori ritual in Nara the Tengu from all of Japan come here and produce a cold wind.

. Omizutori お水取り, the 修二会 Shuni-e - Introduction .


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風神としての天狗 Tengu as God of the Wind
When the sails of the fisherboats can not go up because there is not enough wind, fishermen have a song:

天狗さん、もっと風おくれんか。余ったら返す

Hey you Tengu up there! Please blow more wind in our direction.
If it is too much, we will send it back!



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- - - - - Tengu Kaze, Tengukaze 天狗風 Tengu Wind, a sudden gust - - - - -
A kind of whirlwind, coming from nowhere, leaving destruction, blowing on . . .


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source : kuzutoku.com

焼酎 Shochu liquor named Tengukaze


. Yosa Buson 与謝蕪村 .

天狗風のこらず蔦の葉裏哉
tengukaze nokorazu tsuta no ha ura kana

a Tengu gust
blew all the leaves of the vine
upside down . . .


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yokai database 妖怪データベース - - source : www.nichibun.ac.jp -

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. Typhoon legends - taifū 台風 伝説 Taifun Legenden .


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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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