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Tamukeyama Hachiman Shrine



Tamukeyama Hachiman no tachi ema
standing votive tablets
from Tamukeyama Hachiman shrine

tateema, tate ema 立絵馬 standing votive tablet
板立絵馬, 立絵馬(たちえま)

It is painted with special colors, doro e no gu 泥絵具, a kind of iwa enogu 岩絵具 (stone pigment colors).

The horse is black and the decorations are in red.
At this shrine a black horse was offered in rain rituals to pray for rain.
A white horse was offered to pray for ending a rainy period.

Later on, instead of offering a life horse, these standing votive tablets where used.
This is maybe the oldest version of a "horse votive tablet".

. WKD : Rain Rituals (amagoi 雨乞い) .


Tamukeyama Hachiman Gu 手向山八幡宮
Hachimansha, Shrine Hachiman Sha 八幡社

Tamuke-yama Hachimangu Shrine

Tamukeyama Hachiman-gu Shrine celebrates the Shinto deity Hachiman and is located in Zoshi Town, Nara. In 749 (the Nara period) Emperor Shomu transferred part of the spirit of the Hachiman deity from Usa Hachiman-gu Shrine (the head Hachiman shrine in Kyushu) and founded Tamukeyama Shrine to act as a guardian of Todai-ji Temple.

The Tamukeyama Shrine became the first branch of the Hachiman shrine.
Later, in 1250, Hojo Tokiyori 北条時頼 relocated the shrine to its present site. The main building was burned down by fires during various wars and was rebuilt in 1691. Its treasure storehouse built in the Azekura-zukuri construction style also contains elements of Tempyo architectural style from Todai-ji Temple, and is designated as an Important Cultural Asset by the Japanese government.

The shrine contains many other assets, including Karakura (National Treasure) and Bugaku-men (Important Cultural Asset). The shrine also hosts various annual Shinto religious rituals such as Tegai-e on January 5th and the Otau-e Festival in February.
Tamukeyama Shrine has been surrounded by beautiful red and yellow autumn leaves (momiji) since ancient times and Sugawara Michizane, a scholar and a poet who is enshrined as a deity of scholarship, composed a poem about the shrine which appeared in the poetry collection One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets.
source : nippon-kichi.jp

. Hachiman Shrines and their festivals .



このたびは 幣も取りあへず 手向山
   紅葉 の錦 神のまにまに

kono tabi wa nusa mo toriaezu Tamukeyama
momiji no nishiki kami no mani mani

Waka by Sugawara no Michizane

Written on the occasion of a journey of retired Emperor Uda.

At the present time,
Since I could bring no offering,
See Mount Tamuke!
Here are brocades of red leaves,
As a tribute to the gods.

At Offering Hill,
where I couldn’t offer prayer strips
for this journey now,
a brocade of autumn leaves —
may the gods find them pleasing.

. Reference .

. Sugawara Michizane 菅原道真 .


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It was fascinating to read about Tamukeyama Hachiman Shrine, as I have a Tamukeyama Japanese maple in my yard.
It's one of the oldest and most popular cultivars of the splitleaf maple, and has been grown in Japan since something like 1701!
~Bruce, facebook