2018-12-20

Benten Benzaiten legends

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Benten 弁天と伝説 Legends about Benten

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. Benten, Benzaiten 弁財天 Sarasvati .
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Originally a Hindu deity named Sarasvati.
In India, the sound of her lute is said to evoke the sound of a flowing river and thus provide rain for the dry areas.
Her temples and shrines are almost invariably in the neighborhood of water.
弁天卵 "Benten Boiled Eggs" are served at some Benten shrines on the evening of December 31,
Benten no taki 弁天の滝 Benten Waterfall
pokkuri Benten ポックリ弁天 / ぽっくり弁天 Benten granting a sudden death
Uga Benzaiten 宇賀弁財天.
She is one of the
Shichi-Fukujin 七福神 Seven Gods of Good Luck.


Benten and serpents 蛇 (tba)
. hebi 蛇と伝説 Legends about snakes and serpents .

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Edo - Benzaiten Shrine at Inokashira in Snow
Hiroshige


............................................................................... Aichi 愛知県
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豊田市 Toyota city 中町 Nakamachi

raika 雷檛 lightning and thunder
三河国碧海郡重原庄竹村郷、鈴木山竜興禅寺の什宝に雷檛がある。長さは9寸9歩で平面である。これは雷が寺内にある弁財天を安置した小島杉に落ちた時、そのあとで拾った物であるという。



............................................................................... Fukushima 福島県

Once upon a time
飯盛山 Mount Iimoriyama was called 弁天山 Benten-yama, because deep in the mountains there was a small shrine to venerate the deity Benten.




............................................................................... Gunma 群馬県

. Harunasan 榛名山と伝説 Legends about Mount Haruna .
The wife of 千葉常将 Chiba Tsunemasa is venerated as Benten sama.

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邑楽郡 Ora district 板倉町 Itakura town

. Benten sama no tatari 弁天さまの祟り the curse of Benten .

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勢多郡 Seta district 赤城村 Akagi mura village

. ワクタマ Wakutama clear water .
溝呂木 Mizoroki town



............................................................................... Hyogo 兵庫県
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神戸市 Kobe city

弁財天女
摂州の丹生山田庄原野村には、むかしから栗花落左衛門という者が代々住んでいた。この者の先祖は、横佩右大臣豊成の娘白滝姫と山田の庄人直勝という者の息子・真利である。この白滝姫が死んだ時、死骸を家の東境に埋めたところ、五月に栗の花が落ちる時に霊泉が湧き出でたという。この話が朝廷に届き、白滝の墓を弁財天女と崇め、真利を左衛門佐に任じて栗花落という姓を与えた。毎年梅雨の時水が湧き出るという。



............................................................................... Ibaraki 茨城県
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茨城町 Ibaraki village

Once there was a Dragon Light. Since this was the place where the Dragon rested, people built a temple hall and venerated 弁天様 Benten there.
. ryuutoo 龍燈 / 龍灯 / 竜灯 と伝説 Legends about Ryuto, "Dragon Lantern" .

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稲敷郡 Inashiki district 桜川村 Sakuragawa mura village

. Benten with burning wounds .
and a yakushuu tonya 薬種問屋 wholesaler of medicinal herbs





............................................................................... Tochigi 栃木県
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足利市 Ashikaga city

. bijin Benten 美人弁天 Benten for Beauty .
at Itsukushima Shrine, 厳島神社 / 栃木県足利市本城2丁目1855 - Tochigi, Ashikaga



............................................................................... Tokyo 東京

. Edo no Benten 江戸の弁天 Benten Legends from Edo .
- - - - - Inokashira Benten pond 井の頭弁天 / 井ノ頭辨天池

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............................................................................... Wakayama 和歌山県

. Tengu 妙音坊 Myoon-Bo, Myoonbo .
The legend of the Tengu from 高野山弁天岳 Mount Bentendake (984 m).
Benzaiten is venerated at the shrine 弁財天社 on this mountain.




............................................................................... Yamagata 山形県
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米沢市 Yonezawa city

. Yamanokami and 杉山弁財天 Sugiyama Benzaiten .


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- reference : nichibun yokai database 妖怪データベース -
28 弁財天 (02)
37 蛇 弁天 (03) in Edo
122 弁天 collecting

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