Thursday, 18 October 2012

More Kami

I have found some more of the major Kami of the Shinto belief. I found that not all of the previous ones that I tried researching had very much information concerning their image, which is vital if I am going to be producing illustrations.

Fujin 風神
God of wind and one of the oldest of the Shinto gods. Described as a terrifying red headed demon, carrying a bag of winds. In Japanese art he is often depicted with Raijin, god of lightning, thunder and storms. 

Ebisu 恵比須
God of fishermen, luck and workingmen, as well as the guardian of the health of small children. Associated with jellyfish, red bream and sea bass.

God of lightning and thunder, often depicted with Fujin.

Tengu 天狗
A class of supernatural beings (best known as monster-spirits). Originally thought to take the forms of birds of prey, and have been depicted to have both human and avian characteristics. 

Yamata no Orochi 八岐の大蛇
An eight headed and eight tailed serpent/ dragon. 

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