Japanese mythology
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Inari – The Immensely Popular Shinto God of Foxes and Rice

When reading about Shintoism, there’s one deity whose names you’ll see over and over again – Inari Ōkami, Ō-Inari, or just Inari. This kami (deity, spirit) ...

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Who Are the Seven Japanese Gods of Good Fortune?

A group of seven popular Japanese gods, the Shichifukujin is associated with good fortune and happiness. The group consists of Benten, Bishamon, Daikoku, ...

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Ronin – The Disgraced Japanese Samurai

The Japanese ronin are legendary and yet they’re often widely misrepresented. Fascinating historic figures turned into romantic mythological characters, ...

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The Bushido Code – The Way of The Warrior

Bushido was established around the eighth century as a code of conduct for the samurai class of Japan. It was concerned with the behavior, lifestyle, and ...

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Legendary and Mythological Japanese Swords

Japanese history and mythology are full of amazing weapons. Spears and bows were favored by many mysterious Shinto and Buddhist deities as well as many ...

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Obake and Bakemono – Japanese Ghosts, Shapeshifters, or Something Else Entirely?

Trying to sift through the different spirits, ghosts, and supernatural creatures in Japanese mythology can seem daunting at first, especially if you’re new ...

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10 Types of Japanese Mythology Creatures

Traditional Japanese mythology and Shintoism in particular, are home to many unique creatures, spirits, demons, and other supernatural beings. Kami (gods) ...

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Oni – Japanese Demon-Faced Yokai

The oni are often viewed as Japanese demons or evil spirits, or even goblins, trolls, or ogres. These beings are depicted with blue, red, or green face ...

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What Are The Japanese Yokai Spirits?

Together with kami (gods), yokai is one of the words most often used when talking about Japanese Shinto mythology. The yokai are spirits or ghosts and a ...

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Fudo Myoo –Japanese Buddhist God of Wrath and Immovable Faith

Buddhism is usually viewed by Westerners as a pantheistic religion or a religion with no personal gods. However, that’s not the case with Japanese Esoteric ...