2015-09-12

smallpox legends

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hoosoo 疱瘡 伝説 Hoso - Legends about Smallpox


Hoosoogami, Hoosooshin 疱瘡神(ほうそうがみ、ほうそうしん)
Hosogami, the God of Smallpox




. Daruma, Smallpox and the color Red .
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hoosoo-e 疱瘡絵 prints to protect children from smallpox
red prints 赤絵 aka-e
. Smallpox prevention in the Edo period .

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..................................................................................................... Aomori 青森県

The Smallpox Deity comes clad in a red hood and red robes and looks like a child, or looking like an Amazake hag with the voice of a child. She knocks at doors. If anyone answers her call, he gets ill. To keep her away, a cedar leaf is placed in the doorway.

. Amazake babaa 甘酒婆 Amazake hag .


..................................................................................................... Fukuoka 福岡県

Sasara Sanpachi 佐々良三八
a samurai in the clan of 名護屋山三郎
and the God of Smallpox 疱瘡神

Once he helped a weak dog who was surrounded by a strong crowd of other dogs. This dog was in fact the Deity of Smallpox. To show his gratitude, he said he would protect anyone who writes the following into the shell of an abalone with seven holes 7穴のあわび貝 and hangs it at the entrance of his home:
佐々良三八様御宿 - This is a dwelling of Sasara Sanpachi!

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This kind of owl image and toy was used in the Edo period to ward off the smallpox.



- reference yokai database 妖怪データベース
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疱瘡神 25 legends to explore (00)
疱瘡 69 entries to explore (00)

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