1/18/2015

omamori amulets

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- KAPPA - 河童 / かっぱ / カッパ - Shinto Shrines -
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- omamori お守り amulets to protect from water accidents -
kappayoke, kappa yoke 河童除け / カッパ除け
amulets to ward off evil influence of a kappa
mizuyoke 水難除け amulets to ward off water accidents


These amulets are sold at Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Japan.

They are the Kappa-version of
. yakuyoke 厄除け amulets to ward off evil .
- Introduction -


. Kappadera かっぱ寺 Kappa temples - Introduction  .

. Kappa jinja 河童神社 Kappa shrines - Introduction .

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聖徳寺 temple Shotoku-Ji , Kumamoto 熊本市
A temple with a Kappa legend.

河童が馬にイタズラをしたと伝わるのが、聖徳寺さんから少し離れた所にある川の側にあります、高橋東神社の境内に今も残る巨大な楠木。
ここにつながれていた馬に、河童がちょっかいを出して聖徳寺まで引きずられてきたわけです。



かつては川に入る子供達はこの水難除けの御札を小さな竹筒に入れて肩からかけていたとの事でしたが、最近では川に入って泳ぐという事自体が少なくなって来たので、この御札の活躍の場も無くなって来たというお話でした。

- source : sakuragaoka - syoutoku

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. Hyozu Shrines 兵主神社 Hyozu Jinja in Japan .
They are all famous for their power to prevent evil from a Kappa 河童除け (kappa yoke, kappayoke)


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. Matsubara Kappa Sha 松原河童社 .
at Saga Jinja 佐嘉神社, Saga, Kyushu 佐賀
with amulets to ward off evil and have good luck 開運厄除守



佐賀県佐賀市松原2丁目10 松原河童社
- source : matome.naver.jp/odai

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. Suitenguu 水天宮 Shrine of the Water God - Introduction .
Fukuoka, Kyushu 福岡 九州 - Kurume town 久留米市
265 Senoshita-machi Kurume City / 福岡県久留米市瀬下町265

This is the Head Shrine of all the Suitengu shrines in japan.

There are a lot of legends about Kappa fighting the humans in the area of the Chikugo river 筑後川. But in the end the humans won and 九千坊河童 Kusengbo Kappa became the protector deity at this Suitengu Shrine.
So there are some prescriptions for the Shrine worshippers to prevent water accidents.

Before entering the water of a river you have to call out
"I am a heavenly messenger (mooshigo 申し子) sent from the Suitengu Shrine".
「水に入る前には水天宮の申し子だと唱える」

Other preventions from water accidents are :
- - not to eat mushrooms before entering the water
- - to have a bite from the rice offered at the Buddhist family altar 仏前飯




Kappa amulets of the shrine 河童面(かっぱめん)(箱・絵馬)
one mask comes in a box, the other on a votive tablet (ema).
They prevent evil influence and disasters. They must be hung in the demon-avoiding corner 鬼門 of the home.
Also 河童竹 and clay bells with the Kappa 河童鈴.

. dorei 土鈴 Kappa Clay Bell from Suitengu .


amulet to protect children (boys and girls) お子様が持つ肌守(身代わり)

- - - - - Homepage of the Shrine and more amulets
- source : www.suitengu.net


. 九千坊河童 Kyusenbo kappa - Kusenbo Kappa .
and the legends of - Tanushimaru 田主丸 Fukuoka -


. Kimon, the "Demon Gate" 鬼門 .
in the North-East


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- reference - 河童除け -


oni to bijutsu 鬼と美術 - Japanese Demons and Art
- - - - - . oni omamori 鬼お守り Demon Amulets .
. WKD - .
- Introduction -

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. - - - Join my Kappa friends on facebook ! - - - .

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. yakuyoke 厄除け amulets to ward off evil .
- Introduction -


. Kappa densetsu 河童伝説, Kappa minwa 河童民話 - Legends - Introduction .

. Mingei 民芸 Regional Folk Art from Japan .


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