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Carved by 西村公朝 Nishimura Kocho in 1975
in a keya tree (Torreya nucifera)


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Fudō Myō-ō 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O
- Acala Vidyârâja - Vidyaraja

Who is he? - Introduction


Fudoo Myoo-Oo / Acala Vidyârâja 不動明王
Fudoo Myoo-Oo - Japanese   

19 Characteristic Signs of Fudo Myo-O . 不動十九観

Three Most Famous Fudo . 三大不動尊 Sandai Fudo Son

Fudo Myo-o. Explanation in German. auf Deutsch


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- - - - - other names

Acalanaatha, Acalanatha, Ācalanātha, Acala-Natha

Aryacalanatha, Āryācalanātha 阿奢羅曩 "immovable Lord"

Fudoo Son, Mudoo Son 不動尊 - 無動尊 Fudo Son, Mudo Son

Fudoo Shisha 不動使者 "Messenger Fudo"
in the sutra 不空羂索神変真言経
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Mudoo Shisha 無動使者

Candacala, Candamaharoshana, Candaroshana, Mahakandaroshana
- as an emanation of Buddha Akshobhya (Tibetan connection)

jigo kongoo - Jigo Kongo, "diamond guardian of compassion"

joojuu kongoo. Jōjū Kongō 常住金剛 joju kongo
"eternally abiding diamond",“eternal and immutable diamond”

Trailokyavijaya

Vajrabhishana, Vajrabisana


- - - - - Sometimes he is even called
不動明はデビルマン Devil man

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There are so many names of temples, people and special Fudo statues, they need a list of their own.

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12/30/2017

Japanese Deities

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. shinbutsu 神仏 kami to hotoke - the Deities of Japan .
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Japanese Buddhas and Deities
日本の神仏  shinbutsu



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.................. Introducing Buddha Statues

History of Buddha Statues in Japan 仏像の歴史



.. .. .. .. .. .. .. The Nyorai Group 如来

Amida Buddha 阿弥陀如来
- - - .紅頗梨色阿弥陀如来 Gubari Amida Nyorai in red cloth .

Dainichi Nyorai 大日如来 The Great Sun, Center of the Universe

O-Take Nyorai お竹如来

Shaka Nyorai 釈迦如来  Gautama Buddha

Tahoo Nyorai 多宝如来 Taho Nyorai - Prabhuta Ratna プラブータ・ラトナ

Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来、Buddha of Medicine


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.. .. .. .. .. .. .. The Bosatsu Group 菩薩

. Bosatsu 菩薩  Bodhisattva Group .


Daigen Shuri Bosatsu 招宝七郎大権修理菩薩
monastery-protecting spirit (gogaranjin 護伽藍神)
and temple Anryu-Ji 安竜寺


Fugen Bosatsu 普賢菩薩(ふげんぼさつ) (Samantabhadra)
and the white Elephant


Hoki Bosatsu, Hooki Bosatsu 法起菩薩 ... "Hoodoo Sennin" 法道仙人, Temple Bodaiji 菩提寺, Saint Tokudo 徳道上人


... ... ... Jizo Bosatsu 地蔵菩薩
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Ajimi Jizo 嘗試地蔵 and Kobo DaishiKoya san

Jizo as Jigoku Bosatsu 地獄菩薩, Namu Jigoku Daibosatsu
南無地獄大菩薩

Asekaki Jizoo, the Sweating Jizo 汗かき地蔵

Gote Jizoo ごて地蔵 Gote Jizo , Osaka, Kita-Ku
曽根崎警察署の裏

Hadaka Jizoo Naked Jizo 裸地蔵

Hooroku Jizoo ほうろく地蔵 with an earthen pot on his head
(Horoku Jizo 焙烙地蔵)

Miso Jizoo 広島のみそ地蔵

O-Bake Jizoo 化け地蔵 the monstrous Jizo statues Nikko

Omokaru Jizoo, Heavy or Light Jizo おもかる地蔵、重軽地蔵

Shinpei-Ji 心平寺 地蔵  Kencho-Ji, Kamakura

Shioname Jizo 塩嘗地蔵 Salt-tasting Jizo in Kamakura

Yonaki Jizo and babies crying at night 夜泣き地蔵



... ... ... Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩

Batoo Kannon, Horseheaded Kannon 馬頭観音

Hakodate 33 Kannon Pilgrimage 西国移土三十三観音, 函館市湯川寺

Hatakiri Kannon はたきり観音さん, Shikoku Henro 10

Jundei Kannon, Juntei Kannon 准胝 観音 Mother of all Buddhas
准胝仏母(じゅんていぶっぽ)

Maria Kannon マリア観音 Christians in Nagasaki

Nyoirin Kannon, Wishfulfilling Kannon如意輪観音
..... Seiryuu Gongen, Dragon Deity Zennyo 清瀧権現

O-Shichi Kannon お七観音 at temple Tanjo-Ji in Okayama 誕生寺 (Tanjooji)

Senju Kannon, with 1000 Arms and Juuichimen Kannon with 11 heads 千手観音, 十一面観音

Shichimen Kannon 七面観音 Nichiren and Mount Minobu
Shichimen Daibosatsu 七面大菩薩

Usuzumi Kannon, Light Charcoal Cherry Tree Kannon 薄墨観音




Kokuuzoo Bosatsu 虚空蔵菩薩 Kokuzo Bosatsu
Akashagarbha Bodhisattva.
Bodhisattva of Wisdom and Memory



Maso Bosatsu, Senrigan and Junpuji 媽祖菩薩, 千里眼, 順風耳

Memyo Bosatsu 馬鳴菩薩. Ashvagosha

Miroku Bosatsu 弥勒菩薩 Maitreya

Monju Bosatsu 文殊菩薩 Manjushri

Myoken Bosatsu (Myooken Bosatsu) 妙見菩薩
and Star Shrines in Japan, Hoshi Jinja 星神社

Nikko Bosatsu (Sunlight) Gakko Bosatsu (Moonlight)
日光菩薩と月光菩薩 Suryaprabha and Candraprabha



Seishi Bosatsu 勢至菩薩 Mahasthamaprapta


Sengen Daibosatsu 浅間大菩薩 Deity of Mount Fuji



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.. .. .. .. .. .. .. The Myo-O Group 明王の部

Aizen Myo-O  愛染明王

Daigensui 大元帥明王 Taigen (Atavaka)

Daiitoku Myo-O 大威徳明王 Yamaantaka


. . . . Fudo Myo-O ... see above


Goosanze Myo-O 降三世明王 Gosanze Trilokavijaya


Kujaku Myo-O 孔雀明王 The Pheasant Wisdom King 

Ususama Myo-O 烏瑟沙摩明王
Ucchusma, deity of the toilet

Zao Gongen 蔵王権現


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.. .. .. .. .. .. .. The Ten Group, Tenbu 天部 Deva, Devas

Many of them are devas are deities coming from India and some have shrines with a torii 鳥居entrance gate dedicated to them. The division between Shinto and Buddhism is difficult here, ecpecially since many sanctuaries were erected before the separation of the two religions in Japan in the Meiji period.


Ashura, Asura (あしゅら) 阿修羅


Benzaiten 弁財天, Benten 弁天 Benzai-Ten
..... Benten and the Gods of Water


Bishamonten、Tamonten 多聞天 (Vaishravana) 毘沙門天、毘沙門の使ひ

Bishukatsuma 毘首羯磨 (Vishvakarman ヴィシュヴァカルマン)
自在天王・工巧天・巧妙天

Daikoku Ten 大黒天 Daikoku sama

Dairokuten Ma-O ... 第六天魔王, 大六天 Take Jizaiten 他化自在天

Dakiniten, Dakini Ten (Vajra Daakini) 荼枳尼天

Datsueba 奪衣婆 or 脱衣婆 the Old Hag of Hell

Ebisu ... 夷 恵比寿 恵比須 えびす、エビス God of Good Luck

Enma Ten, Enma Oo (Emma): The King of Hell閻魔天、閻魔王
..... The Ten Kings of Hell, Juu Oo 十王


Gigeiten 伎芸天 Daijizai Tennyo 大自在天女 and
Daijizai Ten 大自在天 (Shiva)

Gohoojin 護法神 Protectors of the Buddhist law


Hotei 布袋 Pu-Tai

Idaten 韋駄天 (Skanda)

Juuni Shinshoo 十二神将 Twelve Heavenly Generals,
12 Warrior Generals

Kankiten (Ganesh) Elephant-headed deity

Kichijoten 吉祥天 Kichijooten (Lakshmi, Shri Mahadevi)

Kishibojin 鬼子母神, Kishimojin, Kangimo, Kariteimo 訶梨帝母

Kuroyami Ten 黒闇天 Kokuan Ten of the Darkness
Kuroyami Tennyo 黒闇天女(くろやみてんにょ)

Madarajin, Matarajin, Matara Shin 摩多羅神 Mathara, Mahakala

Mao son 護法魔王尊 Gohoo Maoo Son
and the three sonten 尊天 of Kurama mountain temple

Marishiten 摩利支天 Marishi Ten

Nio, Deva Kings 仁王 (Nioo, Niou)


. Ototen 乙天 Bishamonten .


Shakudaijin 石大神 - near Ogisu, Suzuka-gun, Kyoto
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Shomen Kongo 青面金剛 Shoomen Kongoo
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Taishakuten, Taishaku Ten 帝釈天
Indra, Sakra Deva, Shakra Devanam Indra
and the Koshin Cult (kooshin 庚申, ka no e saru)


The Gods of the four elements 風水天地の神様
水神 Suijin, 風神 Fuujin, 地神 Chijin, 火神 Kajin


Seven Gods of Good Luck 七福神 Shichifukujin 


. Wakaten 若天 Fudo Myo-O .

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Saints and holy figures


Binzuru 賓頭盧 (Pinzuru)

. MORE Fellow Pilgrims .


. Memorial Days of Poets .


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Hibutsu ... 秘仏 ... Secret and hidden Buddha statues

Temples and Shrines of Japan



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.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Shinto Deities 神道の神様


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- - - - - The Gods of Japan and Haiku (kami to hotoke)


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Shingō 神語
A "divine title" affixed to the name of a kami.
A wide variety of titles have come into use in accordance with the unique characteristics of kami, and as a result of historical changes in the way kami have been understood. In the ancient period, the title mikoto was used, while expressions such as myōjin ("shining kami"), daibosatsu (great bodhisattva), and gongen (avatar) came into use as a product of kami-buddha combinatory cults (shinbutsu shūgō). During the Edo period, the title reisha ("spirit shrine") was applied to the departed spirits of human beings.

The title mikoto, written variously with the characters 命 or 尊 was used in ancient classics such as Kojiki and Nihongi as a title of respect for both kami and noble persons. It is believed that mi represents an honorific prefix, while koto means "thing," "event," or "word"; together, the reading mikoto has been interpreted as referring to a "noble personage," "minister" or "medium" (mikotomochi), and "noble child" (miko; see mikogami).

Nihongi differentiates between the usage of characters 尊 and 命 for mikoto, stating that the earlier character is used to refer only to kami of the utmost dignity with direct linkage to the imperial descent, while the latter character is used for all other kami.

The title myōjin 明神 as applied to Japanese kami is believed to evolved from an earlier term myōjin 名神 ("eminent kami"), which was used in ancient works like Engishiki to refer to kami of particularly noteworthy power. Under the influence of the homophonic myōjin 明神 ("shining deity") found in Chinese and Buddhist texts, the latter character combination came to be applied to indigenous kami as well.

Daibosatsu is obviously a term of Buddhist origin, and refers to a "great kami that has awakened to the Way of the Bodhisattva." The title daibosatsu is first seen in 781, when the kami Hachiman was honored with the title Gokoku Reigen Iriki Jintsū Daibosatsu ("Great Bodhisattva of National Protection and Marvelous Spirit Power"). From that time, the title daibosatsu has been applied to numerous other kami, including Fuji Sengen Daibosatsu and Tado Daibosatsu.

Gongen (avatar) is likewise of Buddhist origin, a term deriving from the doctrine of honji suijaku ("original essence, manifest traces"). According to this belief, buddhas may provisionally manifest themselves in this world in the form of kami or deities indigenous to various locales. Some well-known kami bestowed with this title include Kumano Gongen, Kasuga Gongen, and Hakusan Gongen.

The title reisha originates with the Yuiitsu Shinto school of the Yoshida family, which first used the term to refer to a shrine erected over the grave of the school's founder. Mano Tokitsuna's Kokin shingaku ruihen describes reisha as "a general term referring to shrines devoted to the spirits of human beings," but the term was also later used as a title for the kami themselves. Within Yoshida Shintō, the titles reijin reisha and myōjin were all applied to deceased human spirits, and this usage influenced the use of the terms in other schools as well, including Yoshikawa Shintō and Suika Shintō, where they were applied to persons who had mastered the deepest imports of the religion. Some of these individuals included Yoshikawa Koretari, posthumously titled Miaredō Reisha, and Yamazaki Ansai, who was titled Suika Reisha.

Another unusual example of the attribution of shingō to humans is that of Sugawara Michizane, who was titled tenjin or "heavenly deity."
source : Sato Masato, Kokugakuin 2005


More details and introduction:
. shinbutsu 神仏 kami to hotoke .
shinbutsu shūgō 神仏習合 Syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism
shinbutsu bunri 神仏分離 Separation of Shinto and Buddhism


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12/29/2017

Fudo Myo-O Introduction

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Who is Fudo Myo-O, the Wisdom King ?

Fudō Myō-ō, Fudoo Myoo-Oo , Fudou Myou Ou 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O
Acala Vidyârâja - Vidyaraja

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Acala (Skr.: Acala, Achala अचल; "immovable" one)
is a guardian deity primarily revered in Vajrayana Buddhism in Japan, China and elsewhere.

He is classed among the vidyārāja and preeminent among the Five Wisdom Kings of the Womb Realm. Accordingly, his figure occupies an important hierarchical position in the pictorial diagramatic Mandala of the Two Realms. In Japan, Acala is revered in the Shingon, Tendai, Zen and Nichiren sects.



Overview
Descriptions of his physical appearance derive from such scriptural source as the Mahavairocana Tantra (Dainichikyō (『大日経』)) and its annotation.

His face is expressive of extreme wrath, wrinkle-browed,left eye squinted or looking askance, lower teeth biting down the upper lip. He has the physique of a corpulent (round-bellied) child. He bears a sword in his right hand, and a lariat or noose (kensaku (羂索)) in his left hand. He is engulfed in flame, and seated on a "huge rock base" (banjakuza (盤石座)).

Acala is said to be a powerful deity who protects All the Living (sattva, shujō (衆生)) by burning away all impediments (antar-aya, shōnan (障難)) and defilements, thus aiding them towards enlightenment.

In Japanese esoteric Buddhism, according to an arcane interpretive concept known as the "three wheel-embodiments(ja)" or san rinjin (三輪身) Acala and the rest of the five wisdom kings are considered kyōryō tenshin (教令輪身 "embodiments of the wheel of injunction"), or beings whose actions constitute the teaching of the law (the other embodiments teach by word, or merely by their manifest existence). Under this conceptualization, the wisdom kings are ranked superior to the Dharmapala (gohō zenshin (護法善神)), a different class of guardian deities. Nevertheless, this distinction sometimes fails to be asserted, or the two are openly treated as synonymous by many commentators, even in clearly Japanese religious contexts.

The Sanskrit symbol that represents Acala is hāṃ हां ( conventionally transliterated kān (kaan) (カーン)).
However, it has been confounded with the similar glyph (हूं hūṃ), prompting some commentators to mistakenly identify the Acala with other deities. (The Sanskrit symbol is called siddham, bonji (梵字)), or "seed syllable" (zh: bīja, Ja: shuji (種子)).

Some of the other transliterations and variants to his name are Ācalanātha, Āryācalanātha, Ācala-vidyā-rāja. The Hindu form of the deity may also be known as Caṇḍamahāroṣaṇa or Caṇḍaroṣaṇa "the violent-wrathful" one.

History
Originally the Hindu deity Acalanātha (अचलनाथ),
whose name in Sanskrit signifies ācala "immovable" + nātha' "protector, Acala was incorporated into esoteric Buddhism (late 7th century, India) as a servant of Buddha. In Tang Dynasty China, he became Budong (pinyin: Búdòng; Middle Chinese: /pǝw dungx/- 不動, "immovable"), a translated-meaning-name derived from Acala. In turn, the deity was imported into Japan as Fūdō (不動) "immovable") by the priest Kobo Daishi Kūkai (died 835) who was studying in China as a member of the Kentoshi mission, and founded the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism.

As the deity's importance waned in India and China (as did the religion itself), the iconic image remained popular throughout the Middle Ages (and into modern times) in Nepal, Tibet and Japan, where sculptural and pictorial representations of them are most often found. Much of the iconography comes from Japan, where a popular cult especially devoted to him has developed.

In Tibetan Buddhism and art, the buddha Akshobhya, whose name also means "the immovable one", presides over the clan of deities to which Ācala belongs. Other sources refer to the Acala/Caṇḍaroṣaṇa as an "emanation" of Akshobhya, suggesting further assimilation.

Acala in Japan
Fudō-myōō (不動明王) is the full Japanese name for Acala-vidyaraja, or Fudō (o-Fudō-sama etc.) for short. It is the literal translation of the Sanskrit term "immovable wisdom king".

Iconography
Acala in Buddhist art since the Heian era has depicted him as angry-faced, holding a vajra sword and a lariat. In later representations, such as those used by the yamabushi monks, he may have one fang pointing up and another pointing down, and a braid on the one side of his head.

The sword he holds may or may not be flaming and sometimes described only generically as a hōken (宝剣 "treasure sword") or as kongō-ken (金剛杵 "vajra sword"), which is descriptive of the fact that the pommel of the sword is in the shape of the talon-like kongō-sho (金剛杵 "vajra") of one type or another. It may also be referred to as sanko-ken (三鈷剣 "three-pronged vajra sword"). However in some cases as in the Akafudo painting, the divinity is seen holding the Kurikara-ken, a sword with the dragon coiled around it.

The flaming nimbus or halo behind the statue is known as the "karura flame", after a mythical firebreathing birdlike creature, the garuda.

The two boy servants who is usually depicted in attendance to Acala are named Kongara (Kiṃkara) and Seitaka (Ceṭaka) though there are said to be eight such boy servants altoghether, and as many as forty-eight servants overall.

His seat, the banjakuza (盤石座 or "huge rock base")   is considered an appropriate iconographic symbol to demonstrate the steadfastness of" the Fudō.

Acala/Fudo Cult
In Japan, Acala became an idol of worship in its own right, and became installed as the gohonzon (本尊) or main deity at temples and outdoor shrines. A famous example is the Narita Fudo, a Shingon subsect temple at Narita-san.

At Shingon Buddhist temples dedicated to Ācala, priests perform the Fudō-hō (不動法), or ritual service to enlist the deity's power of purification to benefit the faithful. This rite routinely involves the use of the ritual burning ceremony, fire ritual or goma (護摩) (Skr.: Homa) as a purification tool.

Lay persons or monks in yamabushi gear who go into rigorous training outdoors in the mountains also often pray to small Ācala statue or talisman they carry, which serve as his honzon. This praciticed path of yamabushi's training, known as Shugendō, predates the introduction of Ācala, so at first adored idols such as the Zaō Gongen who appeared before the sect's founder En no Ozunu or the Vairocana. But eventually Ācala was added to list of deities most typically enshrined by the yamabushi monks, either portable, or installed in outdoor shrines (hokora). These statues would be often placed near waterfalls (a common training ground) and deep in the mountains and in caves.

Ācala also tops the list of so-called Thirteen Buddhas (jūsan butsu (十三仏)). Thus Shingon sect mourners assign the Fudo the "First Seven Days" (Shonanoka (初七日)) of service. The first week is an important observance, but perhaps not as prominently important as the observance of "seven times seven days" (i.e. 49 days) signifying the end of "intermediate state" (bardo).

Literature on Shinto Buddhist ritual will explain that such and such Sanskrit "seed syllable", or mantra or mudra is attendant to each of the "buddhas" for each observance period. But the scholarly consensus seems to be that the invoking of the "Thirteen Buddhas" had evolved later around the 14th century and became widespread by the following century, so this could not have been part of the original teachings by priest Kukai, but rather a later adaptation.
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Acala Vidyârâja
is one of the Vidyârâjas (Myôô) class of deities, and a very wrathful deity.

He is portrayed holding a sword in his right hand and a coiled rope in his left hand. With this sword of wisdom, Acala cuts through deluded and ignorant minds and with the rope he binds those who are ruled by their violent passions and emotions. He leads them onto the correct path of self control. Acala is also portrayed surrounded by flames, flames which consume the evil and the defilements of this world. He sits on a flat rock which symbolizes the unshakeable peace and bliss which he bestows to the minds and the bodies of his devotees.

Purpose and Vows
Acala transmits the teachings and the injunctions of Mahâvairocana to all living beings and whether they agree to accept or to reject these injunctions is up to them, Acala's blue/black body and fierce face symbolize the force of his will to draw all beings to follow the teachings of the Buddha. Nevertheless, Acala's nature is essentially one of compassion and he has vowed to be of service to all beings for eternity.

Acala also represents his aspect of service by having his hair knotted in the style of a servant: his hair is tied into seven knots and falls down from his head on the left side. Acala has two teeth protruding from out of his mouth, an upper tooth and a lower tooth. The upper tooth is pointed downward and this represents his bestowing unlimited compassion who are suffering in body and spirit. His lower tooth is pointed upward and this represents the strength of his desire to progress upward in his service for the Truth. In his upward search for Bodhi and in his downward concern for suffering beings, he represents the beginning of the religious quest, the awakening of the Bodhicitta and the beginning of his compassionate concern for others.
It is for this reason that the figure of Acala is placed first among
the thirteen deities (juusanbutsu 十三仏).

His vow is to do battle with evil with a powerful mind of compassion and to work for the protection of true happiness. To pray for recovery from illness and for safety while traveling is to rely upon his vow and power to save. Acala is also the guide for the deceased, to help save them and assist them in becoming buddhas for the first seven days after death.

Read more about these 13 deities.
http://www.shingon.org/deities/jusanbutsu/fudo.html

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Standing Fast: Fudō Myōō in Japanese Literature


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19 Signs

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19 Characteristic Signs of Fudo Myo-O

不動十九観 / 不動十九相観

Fudoo Juukyuu Sansoo
Fudo Jukyu Sanso

Just as Buddha Shakyamuni has 32 characteristic signs, Fudo Myo-O has 19.
They are described in documents of the Tendai sect like the following:

1 He is an incarnation of Dainichi Nyorai.
2 His Mantra has the four letters : a ro kan man .
3 He usually lives in a world of fire.
4 He has the figure of a fat young man, rather unpleasant.
5 He has seven knots in his hair and a lotus blossom on top of them.

6 On his left shoulder a plait of hair hangs down.
7 The wrinkles on his forehead look like water waves.
8 The left eye is closed, the right one wide open. - eyes
9 He bites his right upper lip with the lower teeth and his left lip protrudes.
10 He has his mouth shut strictly.

11 He carries a three-pronged sword in his right hand.
12 He carries a rope in his left hand.
13 He eats the leftover food of ascetic monks.
14 He stands or sits on a throne of stone.
15 His body color is of an unpleasant black-blue-green.

16 His look is fierce and threatening.
17 He has a fiery Garuda bird on his halo.
18 A Kurikara Dragon is wrapped around his sword.
19 He has two child acolytes by his side.


05 - 06 . kami 髪 his hairstyle .
shichi shakei 七沙髻 / benpatsu 一弁髪

07 . suiha 水波相 wrinkles on his forehead .

08 . tenchigan 天地眼 "eyes of heaven and earth" .

09 . kiba 牙 the teeth of Fudo .

11 . gooma riken 降魔利剣 demon-subjugating sharp sword .

12 . kensaku, kenjaku 羂索 rope, lariat, noose .

14 . daiza 台座 seat, throne .

17 . koohai, kōhai 光背 mandorla, halo, Nimbus.

18 . Kurikara sword 倶利伽羅不動剣 .

19 . Sanjuuroku Dooji 三十六童子 36 Attendants .
Kongara 矜迦羅童子(こんがらどうじ)、
Seitaka 制迦童子(せいたかどうじ)

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天台僧 安然が、「不動立印儀軌修行次第」により不動明王を想い従うために唱えたもの

(1)大日如来の化身
(2)真言中に、ア・ロ・カン・マンの4字がある
(3)常に火生三昧(かしょうざんまい)に住んでいる
(4)肥満した童子の姿で、卑しい
(5)頭頂に七沙髻があり、蓮華をのせている

(6)左肩に一弁髪を垂らす benpatsu
(7)額に水波(すいは)のようなしわがある suiha
(8)左の目を閉じ右の目を開いている
(9)下の歯で右上の唇を噛み、左下の唇の外へ出している
(10)口を硬く閉じている

(11)右手に三鈷剣を持っている
(12)左手に羂索を持っている
(13)行者の残食を食べる
(14)大磐石の上に安座している
(15)色が醜く青黒

(16)奮迅して憤怒している
(17)光背に迦楼羅炎(かるらえん)がある
(18)倶力迦羅竜が剣にまとわりついている
(19)両脇に2童子が侍している
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Buddha Shakyamuni
Signs of a Great Man 32 and 80

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The statue of Fudo was carved according to the
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11/24/2017

Yuhidaki waterfall Shizuoka

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yuuhidaki 雄飛滝  Yuhidaki waterfall
Horigiri, Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture 410-2418

. Waterfalles named "Fudo no Taki" 不動の滝 .  
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The Yuhidaki Waterfall
Yuhidaki is a 30 meter waterfall located in Yamada Town in the northernmost part of Shuzenji Town in Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture.
It flows down in two stages; the upper stage is 20 meter tall and the lower stage is 10 meter tall. The white lines of water flowing down on the columnar joint rock surface, which is typical to this region, are very beautiful.
The statue of Fudo Myoo is enshrined beside the bottom of the waterfall.



Double-flowered cherry trees that come into bloom in late April and hydrangea flowers that line the walking trail down to the basin in June offer wonderful color contrasts to the waterfall. In winter, on the other hand, the dashing flow of water freezes to create beautiful ice pillars. You will feel as if time has stopped when you see the sharp tips of ice plunging from above your head and protruding toward you.
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雄飛の滝 Yuhi no Taki waterfall




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11/18/2017

Fudo and Kobo Daishi Kukai

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Kobo Daishi Kukai - Legends about Fudo
弘法大師 空海 




. Kōbō Daishi Kūkai 弘法大師 空海 - 伝説 
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. Narita Fudo 成田不動尊 .




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. Fudo no Taki 不動の滝 Waterfall .
塩江温泉 Shionoe Hot Spring




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. Tobi-Fudo 飛び不動 Flying Fudo .
白井市 Shiroi town 下戸沢 Shimotozawa



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. Narutaki 鳴滝 Narutaki waterfall .
鳴滝庵の大師堂 Narutaki-An, Daishi-Do for Kobo Daishi.




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. Mejiro Fudo 目白不動 Fudo with white eyes .






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Kobo Daishi climbed 月山 Mount Gassan and did water ablutions.
Suddenly in the water the figure of Fudo appeared. He hugged it and came to the surface.
He had mizuita 水板 a water plate with the image in his hands.



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10/08/2017

Fudo Legends 10 Wakayama

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Fudo Legends 10 - from Wakayama to Yamanashi

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- - - - - Wakayama 和歌山県

日高郡 Hidaka district 龍神村 Ryujin "Dragon Deity"

daija 大蛇 huge serpent
At the waterfall Yumiki no Taki 弓木の滝 / 弓木滝 Fudo Myo-O is venerated.



If people throw impure things into it, like feces of cattle, the mountain will move, the valley will shake and a strong rainstorm will come.
This is the doing of 滝の主 the Lord of the Waterfall, a huge serpent.




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- - - - - Yamagata 山形県

The 赤滝の不動様 Fudo from Akataki "Red Waterfall" has special powers to heal eye disease.
Sometimes he changes into 大蛇 a huge serpent and people who happen to wintess this are cursed. Therefore all are quite afraid of this place.

赤滝 Akataki - 黒滝 Kurotaki - Black Waterfall



. Waterfalls and Fudo Myo-O .

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東置賜郡 Higashi-Okitama district 川西町 Kawanishi

bakemono ばけもの monster
While a monster was grilling mochi 餅 rice cakes, a 鯖売り vendor of mackerels hid in the ceiling and picked them up from there.
The monster thought, 火の神さま the God of Fire or Fudo Myo-O, has eaten them all.
Now the monster wanted to drink some hot Sake rice wine, but the mackerel vender stole the bottle too.
Again the monster thought, 火の神さま the God of Fire or Fudo Myo-O, has drunk it all.

. saba 鯖と伝説 Legends about mackerel, Makrele .

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最上郡 Mogami district 金山町 Kaneyama

. Fudo Ryuma Dragon Horse 不動 龍馬 and the Kappa .

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shishigashira 獅子頭 Lion Head
In the hamlet of 柳原集落 Yanagihara they did not have a lion head mask for the bangaku 番楽 Kagura dance.
Around 1890 the villagers of the hamlet 稲沢集落 Inazawa tried to steal a lion head from Yanagihara, but he died, and the person he gave the lion head to died also.
They gave the lion head to 不動堂 the Fudo Hall, put people visiting the Hall died also.
The Lion Head must be cursed and all were quite afraid to come close to it.
One farmer then carved a dragon statue and they gave the lion head back to Yanagihara.



bangaku 番楽 is the local word in Akita and Yamagata for 山伏神楽 the Kagura dance of the Yamabushi mountain priests.
It has kept many old traditions.

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Fudo Sama no Sugi no Ki 不動様の杉の木
cedar tree of Fudo

Once upon a time someone cut down the sacred cedar tree of Fudo. When Fudo wanted to come down and rest on his tree, he found it gone and was very sad and angry about it.
The man who cut it down and the man who bought the wood both became ill. River Mogamigawa, where the stem was floated down to Sakata, begun to swell and flooded the town.


不動杉 Fudo Sugi Cedar at 小林温泉 Kobayashi Onsen hot spring near Sakata


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南置賜郡 Minami Okitama gun 川西町 Kawanishi

A monster was once roasting mochi rice cakes, when a vendor of mackerels 鯖売りpassed by. He sneaked to the roof and stole them all. The monster thought maybe お不動さま Fudo sama or 火の神 the Deity of Fire had eaten them.
So next he began to make hot sake. The vendor stole them too, but the monster again thought Fudo sama or the deity of fire had drunk it.

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南置賜郡 Minami-Okitama gun 中津川村 Nakatsugawa

At the hut near the charcoal kiln 炭焼き小屋 above the Fudo Hall someone killed a cat and ate it.
He then became seized by the Inari fox 狐.

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西置賜郡 Nishi-Okitama district 小国町 Oguni

不動院 Temple Fudo-In
A younger brother had to move away from the family estate and came here.
At the Fudo Hall he had a vision: "Do you want a hot spring or to you want well water?"
He decided to ask for well water and indeed, a clean well was found right beside his new home.
不動院 Fudo-In
山形県西置賜郡小国町片貝字上の平3-6

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kitsune キツネ fox
A servant went out cutting the weeds in the morning and did not come back.
When asking the oracle at the temple Fudo-In the answer was - he had been possessed by a fox.
They made offerings of ritual rice at the back of the mountain to appease the fox.
And about five days later, the man was found safe at the border of the village.

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酒田市 Sakata

A family did not take good care of 不動尊の掛軸 a hanging scroll of Fudo and suddenly all became ill.
So they gave the scroll to repair and then prayed in front of it every day.
Soon all were healed.

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. Shōnai 山形 - 庄内 - 伝説 Shonai Yamagata Legends .
- - akataki no Fudo sama 赤滝の不動様 Fudo from the Akataki waterfall
- - ryuu no hone 龍の骨 bones of a dragon at 不動堂 the Fudo Hall

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鶴岡市 Tsuruoka

. Ablutions at 月山 Mount Gassan .

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jookadoo no hi 常火堂の火 sacred fire at the Jokado Hall
When Hachiko, the founder of the Haguro temple, made a ritual fire, Fudo Myo-O appeared to him, wielding his sword and dripping his blood on gomagi 護摩木 the ritual wood. The blood became a flame, getting higher and higher.
Other versions say that the founder Hachiko obtained a sacred ball of fire and a ball of water and buried them at 荒澤 Kotaku.



Jookadoo 常火堂 Jokado Hall,
"the Hall of perpetual, sacred fire"

at the temple 荒澤寺 Kotaku-Ji at Mount Haguro, is the place where mountain priest 蜂子 Hachiko, the founder of Haguro, trained himself in mountain asceticism.
The flame has been burning since his time.





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萩市 Hagi city 見島 Mishima

monjinsama モンジンサマ Monjin Sama
About 30 years ago, the child of one of 不動講 the Fudo Prayer Groups member became a stomach ache and its belly was swelling rapidly.
At the hospital they had no explanation and no diagnosis for this, but the child got worse and worse.
At the same time the first leader of the Fudo Prayer Group had a vision:
Monjin Sama e iku yoo ni モンジンサマへ行くように Go to Mister Monjin !
When he went to Mister Monjin, there was the same vision, saying
Y.M. の家を訪ねろ Go to the home of Mr. Y.M.
The child of this home was seriously ill, but even exorcistic rited did not help.
They tried to put some water into the mouth of the child, using 紙縒 a string made from twisted paper. Now siddenly the pulse became visible on the arm again.
Mister Y. M. was greatful the gods had helped his child.
He followed the advise of the group leader and made water ablutions for one week. By the end of this time, the child was almost cured.





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富士吉田市 Fuji Yoshida

日本武尊 Yamato Takeru
When 渡辺四郎 Watanabe Shiro was about 19 years old he said on a fine day "We have to cut the mulberries, because it will rain tomorrow."
Nobody believed him, but it happened this way. And a few more times he could see the future.
People soon came to see him and ask o-ukagai オウカガイ his oracle advise from his estate deity, Fudo Myo-O.
The Shinto priest 羽田吉章 Haneda Yoshiaki made an offering of a stone sanctuary for Yamato Takeru and they could have a 石占 stone oracle there.
While Shiro san was away in the war, his wife took over with the stone oracles.

. Prince Yamatotakeru 日本武尊 .

. toigiki 問い聞き / 問聞 / トイギキ oracles .
hotokeoroshi, hotoke oroshi ホトケオロシ / 仏オロシ "calling a Buddha to earth"
kamioroshi, kami oroshi カミオロシ / 神おろし / 神降ろし "calling a Kami to earth"
Rituals for seeking spiritual, religious help through a medium.

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東山梨郡 Higashi-Yamanashi district 三富村 Mitomi

. Gonzaburo Fudo 権三郎不動 .
笛吹川 River Fuefukigawa "River where the flute was played"

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南巨摩郡 Minami-Koma district 身延町 Minobu

kieta onna 消えた女 a woman disappeared
On the way from 梅ヶ島 Umegashima toward 古谷城 Odani castle there once walked a woman, suddenly shouting in pain and then disappeared.
At this place there is now a small sanctuary for Fudo Myo-O.

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都留市 Tsuru

Once there was a huge flooding and and the waterfall changed its course. In the water of the flooded fields something was shining. When the farmers pulled it out, it was a statue of Fudo Myo-O. They built a small sanctuary to pray for it. The sanctuary later burned down but the statue was rescued in time.


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10/06/2017

Fudo Legends 09 Shizuoka

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Fudo Legends 09 - from Shizuoka to Toyama

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- - - - - Shizuoka 静岡県

榛原郡 Haibara district 本川根町 Honkawane

kitsune 狐 the fox
Once upon a time
someone went to the village of Senzu 千頭 to by some pacific saury サンマ and was on his way home. When he was near the Fudo Hall, he suddenly became very tired and lay down for a nap. While he was sleeping, someone stole his fish.
People now say he was bewitched by a fox 狐にだまされた.

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At the beginning of the Meiji period there was an epidemy of a feaver disease 熱病 and many young people died.
So the villagers went to the Fudo Hall near the swamp and prayed for help. When they tried to lift the statue at the annual festival, it suddenly felt much lighter.

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浜松市 Hamamatsu

daija 大蛇 The Huge Serpent
Kanzawa, Tenryu Ward, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka

In the お不動様の池 Fudo Pond at the Fudo Waterfall of the hamlet 新切 there once lived a huge serpent. The creature seemed to have come from the Dainichi Pond 大日様の池 (or 峯神沢) nearby.
A young temple acolyte from the Dainichi Temple came here to fish and lost his fish hook in the pond. But the serpents dislike metal, so the serpent left the pond and soon after the water was also almost gone.

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In the pool of the 黒滝の渕 Kurotaki waterfall, sacred to Fudo Myo-O, it is not allowed to fish for "アノメ anome". If you do so there will be a divine retribution (Fudo no tatari タタリ / 祟り).
People who dare to pee into this pool will also be damned and die soon afterwards.

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松崎町 Matsuzaki

The main festival for Fudo is on the 28th day of the first month and 10th lunar month.
Once a villager took a sacred lot and did not like the result. So he moved the statue of Fudo. But soon he could not move his body any more 金しばり (sleep paralysis).
This was the punishment of Fudo Myo-O 不動尊の罰.

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沼津市 Numazu

yamainu 山犬 Mountain Dog
Ill dogs are not let into mountain villages, and if they enter anyway, Fudo will take the leash of the dog and lead him away. The villagers know well about the dangers of ill animals, especially ill dogs and pray to Fudo Myo-O to protect them from damage.


. 霊犬早太郎伝説 The legend of the spiritual dog Hayataro. .
"The Heroic Dog of Kozenji Temple", where Fudo Myo-O is venerated.




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- - - - - Tochigi 栃木県
日光市 Nikko

tengu 天狗 Tengu
At the waterfall 裏見滝 Urami no Taki in Nikko 下野国日光山四十八滝 there is a statue of Fudo Myo-O behind the waterfall. People who see it are greatly moved.
If an impure person comes to look at it, a Tengu will come down and take his life.



. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 visiting Urami no Taki .




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- - - - - Tokushima 徳島県
宍喰町 Shiikui

At 落合 Ochiai there was a stone statue of Fudo. When the farmers made a new road, they hit the stone and broke it. The next day the stomach of the stone worker begun to hurt. When he looked closer at the stone, he saw the broken statue, collected the pieces and put it on a safe place to be venerated again.

Once upon a time
when diseases were rampant and difficult to prevent,
people used to pray to Fudo Myo-O
"I will dance for you this year and hope you will keep me healthy in the summer!"
This is said to be the beginning of the Tokushima Awa Odori dance.

. Awaodori Dance 阿波踊り .
This is a special dance that originated in Tokushima (Shikoku) more than 400 years ago.



Narutaki waterfall 鳴滝 in Tokushima town. Nearby is a statue of Fudo Myo-O.
鳴滝庵の大師堂 Narutaki-An, Daishi-Do for Kobo Daishi.
The waterfall has an 85 meter drop and is one of the largest waterfall in Tokushima. It bends and flows over three platforms, and the intensity of the flow is incredible after a hard rain.




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- - - - - Tokyo 東京都

kamisama 神様
Once a child pulled a small bronze statue of Fudo, with a rope from wisteria vine.
A grown-up scolded the child, but he had to suffer bad luck soon after that.

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文京区 Bunkyo

. 小石川伝通院 Koishikawa Denzu-In, Dentsu-in .
Tengu 天狗 and the flying 岱雄 Taio - and more

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神津島 Kozushima, Kōzushima

karakane no hebi 唐金の蛇 bronze snake
At 不動様の池 the Fudo Pond a bronze snake wound around a human skull is venerated.

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目黒区 Meguro

. Meguro Fudo Temple 目黒不動 .

. Ennin - Jigaku Daishi 慈覚大師 / 慈覺大師 .
(794 – 864)
and Ōtori jinja 大鳥神社 Otori Jinja in Meguro, where Yamato Takeru is venerated as a deity.

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西多摩郡 Nishi-Tama district 桧原村 Hinohara

Obusuna オズスナ様(産土神)
A Shaman can see the various features of this deity.
和田の山の神 Yamanokami from Wada is a snake, at 大沢 Ozawa it is a small snake, another is a huge snake, looking like a pregnant woman.
Basically the main features are that of Fudo.

. obosuna sama オボスナ様 / おぼすな様 Ubusuna deity .
deity for agriculture, especially the rice fields

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渋谷区 Shibuya

. Shoogonji 荘厳寺 Shogon-Ji .
Hatagaya Fudo  幡ヶ谷不動
藤原秀郷 Fujiwara Hidesato came here to pray for victory against 平将門 Taira no Masakado .

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豊島区 Toyoshima

. Mejiro Fudo 目白不動 Fudo with white eyes .
Kinjoo-In 金乗院 Kinjo-In

豊山新長谷寺 Shinchokokuji (Shin-Hasedera) in Toyoshima has a statue of Fudo Myo-O, made by Kobo Daishi himself.



When Kobo Daishi was in 荷沢河, 大日如来 Dainichi Nyorai appeared to him and then changed into Fudo Myo-O.
The Deity wielded its own sword and cut off its left arm at the ellbow. A lot of smoke and flames came out of this burning wound.
Kobo Daishi made the statue just as he had seen this.




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- - - - - Toyama 富山県

The endoo 煙道 chimney of the traditional kitchen stove o オ is called fudoo フドウ.
It is said that Fudo Myo-O taught the farmers how to construct it.

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中新川郡 Nakaniikawa 上市町 Kamiichi

te no ato 手の跡 traces of a hand
Around 1907, in a family they were 餅焚き grilling mochi rice cakes, when suddenly the shape of a hand appeared on the white.
A priest who had come around for begging told them:
"This is the trace of the hand of Fudo Myo-O, no doubt about it!"
He took three grains of rice from his begging bowl and left. When the family went after him for further information, he was not to be seen . . . he had vanished.
The special Mochi has been venerated in the family ever since.


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Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Fudo Pilgrims .



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10/04/2017

Fudo Legends 08 Oita

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. Legends about Fudo お不動さま - 不動明王 .
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Fudo Legends 08 - from Oita to Shiga

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

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- - - - - Oita 大分県

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直入郡 Naoiri district

oni 鬼 demon
. Fudo Iwa 不動岩 Fudo Boulder and
the plain of Mount Asosan 阿蘇の盆地 .


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佐伯市 Saiki

namikiri Fudo 波切不動 wave-cutting Fudo
Once there was a bad fishing season in the village and the local Lord had to borrow food for the people. Then he forgot to pay it back.
Anyway, when they next went fishing there was a statue of 波切不動 Namikiri Fudo caught in the nets .




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- - - - - Okayama 岡山県

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真庭郡 Maniwa district

ryuu 龍 Ryu, the Dragon
and the Amako clan 尼子一族

Once there was a beautiful princess called おまる姫 O-Maru Hime at the home of a certain 吉田 Yoshida of the Amako clan. Every night a young man came to her quarters. He never made a sound and that was very strange. So the Lord ordered his retainers to follow the young man. He went to the basin of the Fudo waterfall 不動の滝壷, became a dragon and disappeared in the water.
Oh dear, that was quite a terrible shock and now the father ordered the princess to stay in confinement. But she became terribly love-sick for her young man. So they brought the princess to the waterfall and she jumped in before it could be prevented.
Her mother was so very upset that she called upon her to show her figure just once more.
So the princes, turned into a dragon, came up once again.
Now her family gave up on her and threw a bottle of sake rice wine into the waterfall as an offering.
This was on the first day of the sixth lunar month, so now there is a festival for Fudo Myo-O on this day.

A similar story is also told in 恵庭郡 Eniwa gun 新座村 Shinzamura.

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. benjogami 便所神 / 厠神 Deity of the Toilet .
Benjo no Fudo Son 便所の不動尊

In some villages of Okayama the Deity of the Toilet is called 不動様 "Fudo Sama".
For example in 真庭郡 Maniwa district, 久世町 Kuse and 阿哲郡 Atetsu district 哲西町 Tessei.

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. Misaki Densetsu 岡山県のミサキ伝説 Misaki Legends from Okayama .
about a deity that can bring misfortune or curses.

. 栗原不動寺 Kurihara Fudo-Ji and the Misaki .
岡山県真庭市栗原不動寺和田山 Maniwa, Kurihara, Fudo-Ji, Wadayama




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泉佐野市 Izumisano

haku-un 白雲 white clouds
The 淡路小聖 saint from Awaji became afraid about his love for the lowly 志津 Shizu and hid in the mountain of 犬鳴山 Inunakiyama. She followed him and came closer, when she almost saw him he was suddenly covered in white clouds and became invisible.
These clouds were formed by the power of Fudo Myo-O.
Shizu walked and walked in the mountain, loosing her wy and finally freezing and starving to death. The villagers later build a temple to appease her soul.
To our day, when clouds gather on the mountain and it begins to rain, villagers call this 志津の涙雨 Rain is the tears of Shizu.
The nearby waterfall is 志津の涙水 Water as the tears of Shizu.
If people take some of this water home and take a sip every day, eventually their wishes will be fulfilled.



Waterfall at the temple 七宝瀧寺, 白雲院 Haku-Un In
. 七宝瀧寺 Shipporyu-Ji .

Nearby is 志津地蔵尊の御堂 a Hall dedicated to Shizu Jizo.
Here Jizo will grant one wish to each visitor.

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Kurikara Fudo at Inunaki San

. Inunaki san 犬鳴山 and Kurikara Fudo .

- reference source : inunakisan.jp/about... -


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inu 犬 dog as messenger
Once a hunter was after a deer when his dog begun barking and the deer had a chance to escape.
Angry at the noisy dog, the hunter killed him on the spot.
But then he saw that the dog had been trying to warn him of a huge snake nearby, coming closer.
This good dog had been the messenger of Fudo Myo-O.





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- - - - - Saitama 埼玉県

kitsune 狐 fox
Great-grandfather went to Kawagoe Fudo every month on the 28th day.
One day he got up early, but somehow got lost on the way in the mountain. Then he remembered that this was a path where foxes cross. He took his flint stone and made a small fire to spend the night. Next morning he found he had been walking in circles in the mountain - bewitched by a fox maybe ?!


成田山川越別院(不動尊) Narita-San Kawagoe Betsu-In
9-2 Kubomachi, Kawagoe, Saitama

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The Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin 本行院 Hongyo-In Temple
"Ofudo-sama"
The Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin Hongyoin Temple is familiar to Kawagoe natives as "Ofudo-sama."
If you pass through the north gate, you will find a small pond with many tortoises on your right. Small children enjoy watching them. This "Ofudo-sama" is the Kawagoe branch of the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Narita City, Chiba prefecture. Let's look at the history of this temple.
in Kubo-machi, established in 1853, when Commodore Perry's four black warships came to Japan from America ...
... In 1853, when Commodore Perry's four black warships came to Japan from America, more than ten Kawagoe citizens did their best to obtain permission from Kawagoe's Lord MATSUDAIRA Yamatonokami to restore the Hongyoin Temple. The temple lay in ruins in Kubo-machi but they wanted to restore it as a branch of the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and transfer the Acala temple to the ruined temple site. In 1873, a new main building was constructed and the next year a special service to inspire the Acala spirit was performed.
There are many branches of the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, but this Kawagoe Hongyoin was the first branch...



The Large Votive Tablet
On the site of the Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin Hongyoin Temple, there is a large votive tablet describing how the construction of the temple proceeded. We assume that it was offered by the carpenters in 1874. The paint is now discolored but we can still see five woodcutters, sixteen people transporting rectangular pieces of lumber and two carpenters shaving wood with hand axes. When I was a child, there was a long bundle of hair near the tablet. I heard that during the construction of the temple, female believers cut their hair and offered it to the temple as a prayer for completion of the temple building. It seems that a long bundle of hair was very effective as rope in a time when there were no crane trucks. Thinking about those women who cut their hair, I felt a lump in my throat every time I looked up at the bundle of hair.
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- - - - - Kawagoe is also famous for its Daruma market.
. Temple Kita-In Kawagoe 喜多院、川越 .

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岩槻市 Iwatsuki 渋江町

. Oonyuudoo 大入道 O-Nyudo Monster .
huge monster with a tonsured head

The 竜門寺の不動 Fudo from Temple Ryumon-Ji disappeared every night, went down to the village and disturbed the people. Eventually a brave samurai cut off his hands.
He is now known as 手なし不動 "Fudo with no arms".
The statue was carved by Ennin - Jigaku Daishi 慈覚大師 / 慈覺大師



慈覚大師の作といわれ、手なし不動の伝承がある。
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. Ennin - Jigaku Daishi 慈覚大師 / 慈覺大師 .
(794 – 864)




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- - - - - Shiga 滋賀県

甲賀郡 Koka district 信楽町 Shigaraku

daija 大蛇 huge serpent
Expecting some water damage from rain, people came to the Fudo statue of 多羅尾 Tarao to pray. They saw a huge serpent lying down and not moving, but becoming bigger and bigger as they looked. When they came home, they realized that indeed a huge damage from water occured.


kami kakushi 神隠し kidnapped by the Gods
A man from the members of temple 不動寺 Fudo-Ji left for a pilgrimage to 伊勢 Ise but never came back.
The villagers asked another itinerant Fudo Pilgrim for his advise. He told them to look in the Eastern direction of the shrine, up in the forest.
When they searched the area, banging drums and gongs, they found his coat hanging on a tree.
Another version tells of a man being kidnapped by a Tengu san 天狗さん and hung up in the tree.


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