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Fujin and Raijin

Fujin and Raijin

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Fujin and Raijin (17th Century)

Fujin Raijin (Wind God and Thunder God, respectively) are one of the oldest pairs of Shinto religion gods. For many Japanese, the words 'Fujin' and 'Raijin' conjure the image of two fierce (and somewhat ugly) looking creatures painted by Tawaraya Sotatsu.  Legend has it that after the creation of Japan, the divine pair, Izanami and Izanagi, created the gods and that eight lightning gods were charged with protection of the Dharma by the Buddha.

Raijin is a god of lightning,thunder and storms in the Shinto religion and in Japanese mythology.  His name is derived from the Japanese words rai or 'thunder' and god or 'kami'.  He is typically depicted as a demon-looking spirit beating drums to create thunder, usually with the symbol tomoe drawn on the drums.  In Japanese art, the deity is known to challenge Fujin, the wind god.

Fujin is the Japanese god of the wind and one of the eldest Shinto gods.  He is portrayed as a terrifying wizard-like demon, resembling a red headed black humanoid wearing a leopard skin, carrying a large bag of winds on his shoulders.

The kami carrying a long (often white) sack on his shoulders is Fujin and the other kami 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 thunder by beating the small drums attached to the large ring. Fujin Raijin are popular, much-loved characters in Japanese folklore.

 

 

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