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Shitori Shrine 倭文神社

2014.05.29 (Thu)

This is the oldest and most important shrine of the old Hōki region (now Western Tottori), and is widely believed to house a goddess of safe birth. According to legend, the goddess Princess Shitateru (Shitateru-hime-no-mikoto), daughter of the god of the underworld and ruler of Izumo, Lord Ōkuni (Ōkuninushi-no-mikoto), travelled from Izumo to this area and made it her home. The name of the shrine comes from the main industry of the area at the time, a woven fabric called Shizuori (now Shitori). The shrine’s annual festival on 1 May is nicknamed “Ichinomiya-san”.

一ノ宮は一国に一社存在し、当神社は伯耆一ノ宮で、広く安産の神として信仰されています。伝えによると大国主命(おおくにぬしのみこと)の娘、下照姫命(したてるひめのみこと)が出雲からこの地に着き、この地に住居を定められたといわれています。社名は、この地方の主産業が倭文(しずおり)の織物であったことからきたものです。5月1日の例祭は、「一宮さん」として親しまれています。

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