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==Ikan Shrine==

The deity of the Ikan Shrine, which is located in Shimokou town, Hamada City, is AmaTarashiHikoKuniOshiHito. According to the article of Ikan Shrine in the Edo period geography "Iwami Yae Mugura", one of the deities is Mizoorihime, and the princess is the sister of AmenoToyoTarahiKarahime.

Ikan Shrine

Ikan Shrine

AmenoToyoTarhiKaraHime is a deity of Ishigami Shrine in Tono town, Hamada City. I don't know if it is a Iwami country or a Iwami villages, but she is said to be the goddess who pioneered Iwami and bestowed clothing and food.

Ishigami Shrine

Ishigami Shrine

In "Naka-County history" by Ikutaro Oshima, Mizoorihime is named Tsumatsuhime and is the goddess of weaving. Tsumatsuhime is Susanoo's daughter and appears with her sister, Oyahime.

Tsumatsuhime is the daughter of Susanoo and the sister god of Isotakeru and Oyahime. If Tsumatsuhime is Mizoorihime, is AmenoToyoTarahiKaraHime the equivalent of Oyahime?

In "Japanese Gods: Shrines and Sanctuaries, Vol. 7, Sanin", there are some materials that refer to the deity of Ikan Shrine as Mizokuihime.

Mizokuihime is the empress of Kotoshironushi in Nihon Shoki and Omononushi in Kojiki. She is also the mother of Himetataraisuzuhime, the empress of Emperor Jimmu.

Did Mizoorihime and Mizokuihime get confused?

Kunio Yanagida considered the relationship between Urikohime and weaving in "The Birth of Momotaro", and said that Orihime is a shrine maiden who weaves the garment of god. As the name suggests, Ikan Shrine's Mizoorihime is probably a deified shrine maiden who weaves the garments of the gods.

==Cases of other prefectures==

The deity of the Yuzusame Shrine in Yutagawa, Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture is Mizoorihime. According to it, the princess is the goddes of water and hot water. It matched in a surprising place, but I could find it by searching the net a few times. It was unthinkable in the Showa period. The land of Ikan is also a place where good water springs, and she may be the god of water.


I was wondering if Ikan Shrine could be taken up alone, but I'm glad that there was just the case of Mizoorihime. I wish I had a story about Mizoorihime.

In Shimane Prefecture, there are surprisingly many shrines that enshrine goddesses, such as Sahime and Munasukihime. I think it would be better to appeal more to the modern style in this age. The legend of Sahime has been made into a manga, but only with the enthusiasm of the locals.


  • * 「角鄣経石見八重葎」(石見地方未刊行資料刊行会/編, 石見地方未刊行資料刊行会, 1999)p.109
  • * 「那賀郡史」(大島幾太郎著, 大島韓太郎, 1970)pp.120-121
  • * 「日本の神々―神社と聖地 第七巻 山陰」(谷川健一/編, 白水社, 1985)p.175
  • * 「桃太郎の誕生」(柳田国男, 角川書店, 1974)