Japanese Mythology

The Shinto and Folk Gods of Japan...

SOJOBO

Japanese Strength God

Also known as Sōjōbō

Lord of the Tengu

He is the ruler and chief of the Tengu sprites. Not that you could tell — in appearance he seems like a scruffy old hermit clutching a fan.

Apart from the rags and the snow-white hair, Sojobo is reputed to have a very long nose. This seems to be a recurring motif in Japanese mythology — see the equally nasally Sarutahiko for example.

He is extraordinarily powerful, with the strength of a mountain. If you meet him on the mountainside we advise you to bow extremely submissively.

Sojobo Facts and Figures

Name: Sojobo
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Sōjōbō

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

In charge of: Strength
Area of expertise: Strength

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

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