Japanese Mythology

The Shinto and Folk Gods of Japan...

RAIJIN

Shinto Storm God

Also known as Raiden, Raijin-Sama

Picture of the Japanese Storm God Raijin from our Japanese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Storm God of Thunder and Lightning

He has a very striking appearance: flames for skin, a demon’s head and eagle’s claws.

He also owns a thunder beast called Raiju which he sends in the form of a fireball, leaping through trees and clawing at things.

It is not advisable to sleep outdoors during a thunderstorm — apart from getting terribly wet, Raiju may join you when he gets tired. He curls up in your belly button for a snooze and Raijin has to wake him up with fire arrows. This is not a good way to have your navel pierced.

Raijin Facts and Figures

Name: Raijin
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Raiden, Raijin-Sama
Name means: Thunderbolt

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

In charge of: Storms
Area of expertise: Storms

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Article last revised on November 19, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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