Japanese ancient legend about Myoken deity

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Myokenson Temple (妙見時) is an ancient buddhist temple, dedicated to Myoken deity, belonging to Tendai buddhist school. It is so called, Bettoji (別当寺), a temple that was attached to a shrine, when the unification of Shinto and Buddhism was permitted before Edo Era. Myokenson, also known as Hokushinmyokenson is a buddhist deity worshiped as the deification of the North Star. He can be shown standing or sitting atop the dragon or tortoise. 🐉🐢🐍 Hokushinmyokenson Shrine (北辰妙見尊) is a shinto shrine which is located at the top of Mt. Myoken in Inagi city. The legend says that Myokenson appeared at this place sitting on the blue dragon. This shrine is famous for its religious event “hebiyori-giyoji” (蛇より行事), held on August 7th since 1962. The local people make the shape of a big snake (about 50 - 80 m of length) out of grass to pray for avoiding bad luck. 🐲⛩🍃

 

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It is the representation of the Polar Star ABOVE the center of the Earth, that means that the stars do not move and neither does the Earth.
Have you never been in a moving train with company ?
Your fellow traveller did not move, so the train did not move either ?
The legend says that Myokenson appeared at this place sitting on the blue dragon.
I suppose that relates to a celestrial phenomenon.
...a temple that was attached to a shrine, when the unification of Shinto and Buddhism was permitted before Edo Era.
Could one compare that to the "triumph" of christianity in Europe ?
Christianity re-interpreted all the pagan beliefs and holidays in a christian context, building most of the churches on former sacred places.
In other words, christianity covered up the previous belief system. If one can belief the historical records, plenty of violence was involved in this process.
 

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Thank you for your comment! :)

Could one compare that to the "triumph" of christianity in Europe ?
Christianity re-interpreted all the pagan beliefs and holidays in a christian context, building most of the churches on former sacred places.
In other words, christianity covered up the previous belief system. If one can belief the historical records, plenty of violence was involved in this process.
Japanese traditional religion is Shinto. There were no shrines or temples before Buddhism came to Japanese archipelago. Ancient people worshiped only natural objects, like rivers or mountains etc. But, you are right, a lot of Japanese temples and shrines built on the old sacred places.
 

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I got the impression that the "real existing" Buddhism is always a mixture of deity-less Buddhism with local beliefs (deities) that preceeded it.
I heard about Buddhism in other countries, e.g. India, Nepal, China or Mongolia, and the customs seem very different. Except for the red-robed monks, perhaps.

I live in a catholic region, yet there are many small shrines on fields, ways, and forest edges.
And twice a year, traditional clubs ride around the fields on horses.
In the spring, they perpare small bundles of green twigs fixed to a stave, and place that on prominent places on their field.
Despite a priest is usually in on it nowadays, definitely not catholic customs.
 

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Buddhism is relatively new. Way before the worshipping of the giant man there was only animalism. With stone cutting technology you can easily create deities of worship and pretend it was left there by the ancients. What is more interesting is the large heads found on Eastern Island and Okinawa. They are negroes these heads because white people do not have such heads.Some buddhistic countries, namely Cambodia, do not even have deity worship and they will laugh at you if you ask them if they have seen the giant buddha in Bangkok.In recent times deity worship became a thing in Cambodia because of intermarriage with the mongrels.
 

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Buddhism is relatively new. Way before the worshipping of the giant man there was only animalism. With stone cutting technology you can easily create deities of worship and pretend it was left there by the ancients. What is more interesting is the large heads found on Eastern Island and Okinawa. They are negroes these heads because white people do not have such heads.Some buddhistic countries, namely Cambodia, do not even have deity worship and they will laugh at you if you ask them if they have seen the giant buddha in Bangkok.In recent times deity worship became a thing in Cambodia because of intermarriage with the mongrels.
Well , My cousin has "negro" features but is competly white. We know the "anius" are white but I do agree and think asia did have black people also. Bald and bankrupt on youtube recently went to someplace in south east russia, he met a man thier saying in the "olden days" thier were people of most races including "tarts" also this place has a lot of "asian" looking people. mix between whites and asians, close to some islands of japan.
 
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