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。.・宮戸弁天・Miyado Benten・。.

2015.05.08 (Fri)

宮戸弁天

Northwest from Shitori Shrine, on the shores of Lake Tōgō, there lies a large rock and a torii (an arch-shaped gate most commonly found by Shinto shrines in Japan). Called the Miyado Benten, these grounds are dedicated to the worship of the goddess Benten, one of the seven immortals of Asian folklore. Said to be the woman representative of all human beauty, Benten was popular largely due to her blessings of wisdom, longevity and prosperous wealth to the common people. There is also a legend that has been passed down which tells of a white snake messenger of Princess Shitateru, who resided at Shitori Shrine.

  倭文(しとり)神社北西の東郷湖岸に大岩と鳥居があります。宮戸弁天と呼ばれ、宮内の七弁天の一つがまつられています。弁天様は美人の代表のようにいわれ、そのうえ、財福や知恵、長寿を与えてくださることでたいへん人気がありました。倭文神社にまつられている下照姫命(したてるひめのみこと)のお使いである白蛇伝説が言い伝えられています。

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