2016-10-01

kaminari thunder legends

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kaminari 雷と伝説 Legends about Thunder and Lightning

. kaminari, rai 雷 / raiden 雷電 thunder and lightning .
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raijin 雷神 God of Thunder
raiko 雷鼓 drum of the God of Thunder

In Japanese, the voice of this angry deity is represented as
GOROGORO sama ゴロゴロ様 .

The word kaminari seems to be derived from the meaning:
the gods are sounding, kami ga naru 神が鳴る / naru kami 鳴神

雷, if we look at the Chinese character for the word, means to have rain on the fields, so this is an expression for the deity that helps watering the rice paddies.

kami ... can also be interpreted as Kami san, the wife of the farmer, who wakes him up early in the morning and makes him work hard in the fields to feed the family. If she roars with her angry voice (kami ga naru), then the farmer had better work hard!


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raisama らいさま "Honorable Thunder Man"

raikoo 雷光 thunder and flash of lightning


. raijuu Raijū 雷獣 Raiju Thunder Beast Yokai Legends .



At temple Kennin-Ji


. Narukami Shonin 鳴神上人 Saint Narukami and Fudo Myo-O .
Kabuki : Narukami Fudo Kitayama-Zakura 雷神不動北山桜


雷さま, カミナリサマ Mister Kaminari Sama
稲妻さま,イナヅマサマ Missus Inazuma Sama

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Many legends are related to the Dragon deity and rain, which often comes together with a thunderstorm.


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



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篠栗- 南蔵院 Nanzo-In

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.......................................................................... Gunma 群馬県 ............................
佐波郡 Sawa district

There is a ritual called nawa no goshinji ナワノゴシンジ "Ritual of the rope".
Once upon a time, the farmers were having a hard time with wind storms and thunder, so the priest decided to have 21 days and nights of prayers in the temple hall. When he came out of the hall after 21 days, there was an oni 鬼 demon saying: "I was the one who caused all the trouble with bad weather!"
So the priest took the devil and tore out its horns, throwing them high in the air. One flew off to the next village, one flew of to the shrine
角折神社 Tsunoori Jinja (Tsuno-ori) "Shrine of the Broken Horn", now in Saitama.
Since then, the farmers held this ritual and could grow good crops.
There are other versions of this story, dating back to the year 862 and the ritual done with the approval of the Emperor. The priest tore the whole Oni to pieces and one of its arms was floating down a river, floating to 群馬県佐波郡玉村町の角渕.



Now people come here to pray for peace in the land and the family.
- Homepage of the Shrine (also read: Tsuno-ore)
埼玉県本庄市都島235
- reference source : jinjajin.jp/modules/newdb-

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.......................................................................... Iwate 岩手県 ............................

When there is a strong thunderbolt, if people act careless, they will draw the anger of Mister Thunder and his wife, 稲妻 Inazuma Lightning, and cut their legs or get other wounds.


.......................................................................... Nara 奈良県 ............................
帯解町 Obitake

ryuu 竜 Ryu, Dragon
In the village pond lived a Dragon who ate peopoe, so they tried to drive it away. They lit a fire at the dam of the pond and tried to scare it, but the Dragon did not appear. A Samurai, who walked past, shot an arrow in the pond. The Dragon grabbed the Samurai and flew with him up to heaven. Eventually it begun 雷光 to thunder and flashes of lightning appeared.
Blood-red raindrops fell into the pond. Eventually the body of the dragon dropped into the pond, all torn with wounds.
The villagers collected the Dragon bones from the pond and made a statue of a Dragon.
The Samurai never appeared again. They say it was an incarnation of
. 春日明神 the Deity Kasuga Myojin. .

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- reference : nichibun yokai database 妖怪データベース -
47 雷神 (00)
14 雷が鳴った (00)
14 雷電 (00)
58 雷鳴 (00)
42 雷雨 rai-u, thunder and rain
100 雷 (00)
17 稲妻 (00)
7 鳴神 / 鳴神餘響 Book / 鳴神社
雷光 ok /



"The Falling Thunder God"

. Hanabusa Itchoo, Itchō 英一蝶 Hanabusa Itcho .
(1652 – 1724)

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