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Hachiman


Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


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[ xxi ] A K ami of fishermen and cultivators, the cult starting at Usa in Kyushu, Hachiman is popularly known today as the god of war [19: 426–40; 34: 41–5; 35: 23–4]. This deity, probably at first pronounced Yawata (Eight Banners), became associated with military men after being patronized by the Mina-moto family in the 12th century ce , and was then identified with Emperor Ojin of the 4th century ce . From the 8th century, in the early blend of S hinto and B uddhism , Hachiman was titled Daibosatsu Hachiman by the court, the Great Bodhisattva Hachiman ( see J apanese buddhas and bodhisattvas ), or Hachiman Daimyojin , Great Deity Hachiman. About one-third of all S hinto shrines are dedicated to Hachiman. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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