2015-08-27

Tarobo Tengu Legends

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Tarooboo 太郎坊 天狗伝説 Tarobo Tengu Legends
愛宕山 太郎坊 Taro-Bo Tengu from Atagoyama


He is also called
Nichiraboo 愛宕山 日羅坊 Nichira-Bo, Nichirabo from Mount Atago.
He is famous for his visitor, a Tengu from China:
. Zegai-bô 是害坊 Zegai-Bo, Zegaibo Tengu .


Taroobooguu 太郎坊宮 Shrine for the Tengu Tarobo / Taro-Bo

The Tengu 太郎坊 Taro-Bo venerated here is a symbol of victory.
He is the elder brother of
. Jirooboo, Jirōbō 次郎坊 / 二郎坊 Jirobo Tengu .
- 比良の次郎坊 Hira no Jirobo / 比良治郎坊

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Tengu masks 天狗面 and bells 天狗鈴 are great amulets at the Shrine..





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. . . Tarobo-gu (aka Taroubou-gu) goes practically unknown.
A striking setting; captivating legends; and over 1200 years of spiritual endeavour.
... The mountain, named Akagami, has a distinctive shape, rising out of the valley floor like a miniature Mt Fuji.
... From the outset Tendai has revered local kami, and for centuries the mountain hosted a Shinto-Buddhist complex. It also served as a centre for shugendo (mountain asceticism). The name of the shrine, Tarobo, refers to a tengu king. A mythical creature with shamanistic overtones, the tengu dwell in the mountains and are linked to mountain asceticism and martial arts.
The Tarobo tengu is supposedly the elder brother of the Kurama tengu, under which the twelfth-century hero Yoshitsune trained. The young boy was an apprentice at the Tendai temple near Kyoto, and when he escaped to join his brother Yoritomo he made for the Akagami complex. The rock where he rested is now a shrine to his memory.
... The main kami is a son of Amaterasu. His name is not widely known,unsurprisingly since it’s Masaka-Akatsukachi-Hayahiameno-Oshi-Homimi-no-Mikoto. In Japanese mythology he was a heavenly warrior offered the chance by his mother to ‘descend to earth’ but he demurred in favour of his son Ninigi. According to the shrine, he has the attributes of the sun, rising every morning without fail to conquer darkness. As such he’s a kami of victory, whether it be in business, exams, martial arts or any other field of life. Prayers should be directed to that end.
The shrine’s main feature is a massive ‘husband and wife’ rock that according to legend was cleaved in half by the sword of a mighty kami. ...
- source : John Dougill, Green Shinto -

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- source, more photos : biwako365.blog.fc2.com/ -




Amulets to win and many more on the HP of the temple :
- source : tarobo.sakura.ne.jp -


. Tengu 天狗 Mountain Goblins - Introduction .


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Click for more photos of Atagoyama Tarobo !

太郎坊 Taro-Bo, "Elder Brother" Tarobo from 愛宕山 Atagoyama
二郎坊 Jiro-Bo, Jirobo "Younger Brother" from Hieizan 比叡山 (sore sources place Jiro-Bo on Kuramayama)
僧正坊 Sojo-Bo, Sojobo from Kuramayama 鞍馬山 - Kurama Tengu


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.................................................................. Kyoto 京都府 ....................................................................
右京区 Ukyo ward

priest 真済 Shinzei
This priest studied Mikkyo Buddhism with Kobo Daishi. He often practised austerities at Takao 高雄の峯. Once he saw the honorable Lady 藤原明子 Fujiwara no Meishi (染殿后 Somedono no Kisaki) and felt love trouble in his heart. He died soon afterwards and became a blue demon. First he tormented Somedono and later he turned into an Ootengu 大天狗 Great Tengu.


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愛宕山奥の院 Atagoyama Oku no In

Tarobo from Atago was in fact a person called Shishido 宍戸三郎右衛門, who was a strong believer in the Atago deity. He is also responsible for the making the 猪 wild boar a messenger of the deity.
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役小角の末裔といわれる天狗の本拠地、愛宕山奥の院で、藤原頼長の命を受けた修験者たちが太郎坊天狗の左右の目に釘を打ち込んで呪詛を行った。このため近衛天皇は眼病を患って崩御したとも伝えられている。
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Kani Saizo was a strong believer in the Atago Deity. He even thought he was an incarnation of Tarobo the Tengu. But others thought he was just out of his mind.
In former times it was known that people who believe strongly in the Atago Deity will die on the special day dedicated to Atago 縁日の日, the 24th of each month. Legend says Saizo felt his death coming, made his preparations on the day before and then died in the evening of the Atago Day.
He died in the sixth lunar month on the 24th day 慶長18年6月24日 (1613).

. Mount Atago Yama 愛宕山 / 阿多古 Atagoyama .

. Kani Saizō 可児才蔵 Kani Saizo .
Kani Yoshinaga 可児吉長 - - (1554 - 1613)


.................................................................. Miyagi 宮城県 ....................................................................
気仙沼市 Kesennuma

羽田神社 Hada Jinja
In front of the shrine there are two huge cedar trees facing each other.
Their names are not related to the Tengu.
Taro is the name of the elder son and Jiro the younger son.



They are 太郎坊の杉 Tarobo-no-sugi and Jirobo-no-sugi 次郎坊の杉.
Tarobo-sugi has a diameter of almost 7 meters.

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志津川町 Shizugawa

Saint Mongaku 文覚上人 and Taro-Bo / Jiro-Bo cedar
At the 滝不動 Fudo Waterfall at 滝沢神社 Takizawa Jinja priest Mongaku had placed a Statue of Fudo, which he had made himself. There were also tow old cedar trees, Tarobo-sugi and Jirobo-sugi. In the year 1609 when large pillars were needed for the rebuilding of Sendai castle these two trees were felled and should be transported to Sendai. But the boat sank to the ground near Natorigawa and the two huge tree trunks were lost.
So now they are called "the sunken Taro and Jiro, 太郎礁 Tarone and 次郎礁 Jirone.


. sugi 杉 cedar, cryptomeria .

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yokai database 妖怪データベース
- source : www.nichibun.ac.jp -

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. Tengupedia - 天狗ペディア - Tengu ABC-List .

. 天狗と伝説 Tengu legends "Long-nosed Goblin" - Introduction .

. Kōbō Daishi Kūkai 弘法大師 空海 - 伝説  Kobo Daishi Kukai Legends .

. Japanese legends and tales 伝説 民話 昔話 - Introduction .

- Yookai 妖怪 Yokai Monsters of Japan -
- Introduction -

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