Japanese mythology
1
Komainu – A Japanese Symbol of Protection
0

The Komainu are a pair of Japanese statues carved in the shape of a dog or lion, and typically placed in front of Japanese Shinto shrines and Buddhist ...

0
Onryō – Japanese Ghost of Vengeance
0

In Japanese mythology, an onryōis a wrathful spirit, which roams the earth to take vengeance. It’s an unfulfilled and unsatisfied soul that has been ...

0
Mujina – Japanese Shape Shifter
0

In Japanese mythology, the Mujina is a shape-shifting yokai (spirit) that mocks and deceives human beings. The word Mujina can refer to the Japanese badger, ...

0
Kagutsuchi – A Japanese God of Fire in a World of Paper
0

As the Japanese kami (orgod) of fire, Kagutsuchi has one of the most unique and fascinating stories in Shintoism. It is a rather short story too but, just ...

0
Kitsune – Nine-Tailed Fox Of Japanese Mythology
0

The Kitsune yokai (spirits) in Japanese Shintoism are a popular and wide-spread myth. These magical multi-tailed foxes can shapeshift into people, possess ...

0
Inugami – Tortured Japanese Dog Spirit
0

Shintoism and Japanese culture as a whole are abundant with fascinating gods (kami), spirits (yokai), ghosts (yūrei), and other mythical beings. One of the ...

0
Kodama –Mysterious Tree Spirits in Japanese Shintoism
0

The kodama are Japanese tree spirits that reside in special trees in ancient forests. They can be both a blessing or a curse to people, depending on how ...

0
Bakeneko – Japanese Feline Spirits
0

Virtually every culture that’s shared its streets and homes with cats has some fascinating myths about these elegant animals. Some worship them as gods, ...

1
Takemikazuchi – The Japanese God of Swords, Thunder, Sumo, and Conquest
1

The kami gods of Shintoism are often born in strange ways and from objects and Takemikazuchi is a fine example of that. A god of storms and military ...

1
Bishamonten (Vaisravana) – Japanese Mythology
1

East-Asian religions are fascinating not just on their own but because of their relationship with each other. Many deities and spirits flow from one ...