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Fujin Raijin (Wind God and Thunder God, respectively) are one of the oldest pairs of Shinto religion gods. For many Japanese, the word FUJIN-RAIJ… Read More
Fujin Raijin (Wind God and Thunder God, respectively) are one of the oldest pairs of Shinto religion gods. For many Japanese, the word FUJIN-RAIJIN conjures the image of two fierce looking creatures first painted by Tawaraya Sotatsu. The one carrying a long (often white) sack on his shoulders is FUJIN and the one appearing to be standing in a large ring is RAIJIN. Fujin is said to have been present at the creation of the world and when he first let the winds out of his sack, it cleared the morning mists which filled the Gate between heaven and earth so the sun shone. RAIJIN, on the other hand, is believed to control thunder. He created thrunder by beating the small drums attached to the large ring. Read Less
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According to Kojiki, eight kinds Raijin(Yakusa no ikazuchi no kami) was born from Izanami. The "eight kinds of thunder kami" that festered inside Izanami's corpse as seen by her consort Izanagi in the underworld of Yomi. Suffering mortal injury from giving birth to the fire kami Kagutsuchi, Izanami died and went to the underworld, where she was followed by Izanagi. Disobeying Izanami's warning not to look upon her, Izanagi lit a torch and saw her rotting body swollen and covered with maggots, and inhabited by the "eight thunder kami."
God of Thunder and God of Wind
(after Tawaraya Sōtatsu)
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