7/31/2015

Tenaga Ashinaga monsters

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- - yookai, yōkai 妖怪 Yokai monsters - -
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- Tenaga Ashinaga 手長足長 "long arms, long legs" -

Otenagasama, O-Tenaga sama お手長様
Ashinaga kozoo 足長小僧 the Boy Ashinaga




Tenaga-Ashinaga shaving Fukurokuju

. Kawanabe Kyosai .
. Tenaga Myojin 手長明神 The kami with long arms .

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Ashinaga-tenaga (足長手長, "Long Legs Long Arms")
are a pair of yōkai in Japanese folklore. One, Ashinaga-jin (足長人), has extremely long legs, while the other, Tenaga-jin (手長人), has extremely long arms. They were first described in the Japanese encyclopedia Wakan Sansai Zue.
They are said to be found in Kyūshū.



Description
The pair is commonly described as people from two countries, the "Long-legged Country", and the "Long-armed Country". As the names suggest, the inhabitants of these two countries possess unusually lengthy arms and legs. The two work together as a team to catch fish by the seashore. In order to do this, the long-armed man, tenaga, climbs onto the back of the long-legged man, ashinaga. The ashinaga then wades out into the shorewaters, staying above water with his long legs, while the tenaga uses his long arms to grab fish from his partner's back.

According to the Wakan Sansai Zue, the tenaga is also known as chōhi (長臂), and his arms can reach three jō in length, or a bit over nine meters. The ashinaga's legs stretch to two jō, or just slightly over six meters.

An essay from the Kasshiyawa by Matsura Seizan also describes the ashinaga.
The essay documents a man's anecdotal account of an unfortunate encounter with a strange being. The man was fishing by the seashore on a clear, moonlit night, when he spots a figure with nine shaku long legs (about 2.7 meters) roaming around on the beach. Shortly after, the weather turns bad and begins to rain heavily. The man's servant then informs him that they had just seen an ashinaga, and that sightings of this yōkai always brought bad changes in weather.
- source : wikipedia

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- source : japaaan.com -
Kawanabe Kyosai 河鍋暁斎

Yokai with long noses

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Fukushima 福島県

Once upon a time, there lived Tenaga and Ashinaga on Mount Bandaisan 磐梯山.
They reached to the sky, collected all the clouds and heavy rain fell and flooded the plains. They looked at all the destruction they caused with great pleasure!
Along came Kobo Daishi, fooled them cleverly and banned them into a small box.
Now they are venerated as 磐梯明神 Bandai Myojin.

And at Miyagi 宮城県 - 丸森町 Marumori Karoosan 鹿狼山 Mount Karo-San "Dear Wolf"

On the border to Fukushima in Soma 相馬郡 there is mount 手長山 Tenagayama, where the deity 手長明神 Tenaga Myojin (The kami with long arms) roams. He takes a tame white fox along when he walks. He can stretch his long arms from the mountain top to the sea to catch mussels and clams and where he throws away the shells, there is his Kaizuka yashiki 貝塚屋敷, now in Soma at the village Kogawa 小川部落.
Near the mountain top is a rock formation where the deity used to sit and rest, called
Tegaga Myojin no koshikare ishi 手長明神の腰掛石.

Tenagayama is about 236 m high, near Ishinomaki.



- source : Fukushima Furusato -
磐梯明神 Bandai Myojin shrine at the top of the mountain


. Kobo Daishi Kukai 弘法大師 空海 - (774 - 835) .

. Legends about Mount Bandai San 磐梯山 .

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Mie 三重県

If you hand a ruler 物差し to someone from hand to hand, the child of Tenaga will be born.


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Miyagi 宮城県 Sendai 仙台 



Oogisaka 扇坂 Ogisaka slope
Near the eastern gate of Sendai castle there is a slope in the form of a handfan (ogi). At the end of the slope is Sujigaibashi 筋違橋. The mysterious boy 足長小僧 Ashinaga Kozo lives there.
Sometimes he rolls the head of a human being down this slope.


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Saitama 埼玉県
高崎線岡部駅 Takasaki Okabe

At 森下イッケ O-Tenaga sama お手長様 is venerated. He is the deity
天手長雄命 / 天手長男神 Ame no Tenaga no Mikoto
He is a deity to protect from fire 火伏せの神. When called on during a fire, he will come and help with his long arms and extinguish the fire.


Otenaga kofun お手長山古墳 Otenaga - ancient burial mound
from the 6th century
埼玉県深谷市岡2006-1
- source : wikipedia -

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- reference : yokai database -

日本各地に伝わる伝説の巨人「手長足長」
(with many photos)
- reference : karapaia.livedoor.biz -

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1 comment:

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Bandai Myojin 磐梯明神 Kami from Mount Bandaisan
and legends from Fukushima
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https://japanshrinestemples.blogspot.jp/2017/08/yama-no-kami-08-regional.html
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