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KOYA-NO-MYOJIN

Japanese Hunting God

Also known as Kariba-Myojin, Koya-Myoin

Hunting God of Koya Mountain

He is the stern hunter of Mount Koya. A strange rugged figure with a bow and arrow, he owns two hunting hounds and has a very red face. This is probably caused by the exertion of tugging the hounds uphill on a leash.

Koya-no-Myojin is best known for donating his mountainous stomping ground to Kobo Daishi for him to build a stupendous Buddhist Temple and University complex. A slightly odd place for such a thing, but mountainous retreats were all the rage twelve hundred years ago.

In recognition of his magnanimous gesture, Koya-no-Myojin is venerated at the temple. You can go there and venerate him yourself if you like. Tell him we said hi.

Koya-no-Myojin Facts and Figures

Name: Koya-no-Myojin
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Kariba-Myojin, Koya-Myoin

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Hunting
Area of expertise: Hunting

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Article last revised on November 18, 2018 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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