2017/10/04

rokubu pilgrims Miyagi

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This is a pilgrimage to many places of Japan, and many legends are connected to the pilgrims.


sixty-six part circuit pilgrimage
六部(ろくぶ) Rokubu pilgrimage, Rokubu pilgrim / / 六十六部衆
Pilgrim traveling with 66 volumes of the Lotus Sutra


Rokujurokubu Hijiri - kaikoku hijiri 廻国聖 - itinerant Rokubu Pilgrim
六十六部行者 rokujuurokubu gyooja / 六部行者 / rokubu gyoja
六十六部廻国巡礼 rokujurokubu kaikoku junrei


A pilgrim copies the 法華経 Hokekyo Lotus Sutra 66 times and brings a copy each to 66 temples
in 66カ国 66 different domains of Japan.




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. Japanese Legends - 伝説 民話 昔話 – ABC-List .


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kamisama 神様 Deity
A family prayed for a child to get rid of the possession of お稲荷さん an Inari fox. She was possessed by a deity of
the sacred mountains of 出羽三山 Dewa sansan, who had come in the form of a Rokubu.
It was the ancestor in the fourth generation of a priest from this Sacred Mountain.
Maybe the family had killed the Rokubu from Dewa to get his money ?

. Dewa sansan 出羽三山 Three sacred mountains of Dewa .



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気仙沼市 Kesennuma

onbyoo ootenba 怨猫大天婆 / オンビョウオオテンバ Oten-Ba, the monster cat Daiten Baba


- artwork by Forest INK -

The grandmother of 儀八郎 Gihachiro used to be a quiet old lady. But suddenly she begun to like chicken and fish and all kinds of raw food. She sometimes danced around in the kitchen, almost like a cat. And chicken from the neighbourhood begun to disappear as bad rumors started in the village.
One day a Rokubu came walking along the Hama Kaido highway 浜街道 in the evening when he had the feeling something huge was attacking his head. He hit it with his walking stick, but then the monster disappeared. The Rokubu finally reached the home of Gihachiro and asked to stay over night. First they refused him, because there was a sudden ill person in the family. But eventually he could stay. When the Rokubu peeked in the room of the ill person, he saw a huge old cat.
The next morning the Rokubu told Gihachiro what he had seen. The following night both watched the room of the old ill mother and realized she was a monster cat !
This was an old cat that had lived at the 松崎の猫渕 Nekobuchi Cat riverpool at Matsuzaki, where someone had buried its bones.
Gihachiro gave some money to the Rokubu so he could erect 観音像 a statue of Kannon Bosatsu.
This story is handed down in the family of Gihachiro to our day.

daitenbaa 大天婆(だいてんばばあ)Daiten Ba, Daiten Baba, Old Cat Yokai


source : twitter, yokai karte


. bakeneko 化け猫 / 化猫 "monster cat" Yokai .

. 街道と伝説 Legends about the old Kaido highways .


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栗原郡 Kurihara district 栗駒町 Kurikoma machi

tatari 祟り the curse
The old family of 上久保 Kamikubo. One day black smoke came out of their estate and the neighbours came running, wondering what had happened.
They were told nothing happened, but this kept repeating many times. Sometimes it even rained stones.
This is the curse of a Rokubu who had been killed by the family.
Their home was soon called Kamikubo no bakemono yashiki 上久保の化け物屋敷 the monster home of the Kamikubo family.

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本吉町 Motoyoshi town

tatari 祟り the curse
Rokubu usually do not walk alone, because they carry money. Once two of them stayed at farm houses and helped with the harvest for some time. One morning one Rokubu woke up to find the other one gone. He was told his companion had left quite early. He could not believe it. Putting some oil in the water pot he looked at the surface and saw his companion had been killed and was in the other world. He found the bell of his companion in the ashes of the hearth.
So he cursed the family and went on.


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柴田郡 Shibata district 村田町 Murata

rokubu no onryoo 六部の怨霊 the vengeful spirit of a Rokubu
Once around 1645, a Rokubu stayed at a home, but was robbed of his money and killed. A few years later the comrade of this Rokubu came visiting and asked about his whereabouts. But the landlord told him he knew of nothing. But in the ashes of the kitchen stove they found the metal pieces of a Rokubu pilgrim's hat.
The dead Rokubu and his companion both cursed the family and there was misfortune for many years to come.
Their estate was soon known as yuurei yashiki 幽霊屋敷 or bakemono yashiki 化物屋敷, the estate of the ghost.


source : town-murata.com/2010/08... 六部伝説


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多賀城市 Tagajo

tatari 祟り the curse
There is a stone memorial with the inscription shooninzuka 上人塚 Mount of a Holy Man, dedicated to
善海上人 Saint Zenkai Shonin.
The story dates back more than 350 years. A wild and powerful clan was governing this region. One day a subordinate had captured a Rokubu. The leader did not even listen to the story of the Rokubu and killed him immediately, burying his bones in a corner of the estate. From that time on, black clouds came hovering over the house, and fire and other disasters hit the family until they were all gone. After that the owner of the land had changed various times, but all had misfortune or died soon.
Now there is the memorial stone for Saint Zenkai and a statue of 不動尊 Fudo Myo-O. And the fields in front of it are called
shoonin-da, shoonin ta 上人田 fields of the saint.
But people do not dare to get near to it.




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遠田郡 Toda district 涌谷町 Wakuya

jinushi no nai tochi 地主のない土地 land without an owner
In the village was a piece of land which was cursed and they knew anyone who wanted to own it would die.
The former owner had taken in an ill Rokubu, killed him, took all his money and buried the dead body in a corner of the estate. The vengeful spirit of the Rokubu came out and cursed and owner of this land. Eventually the villagers built a grave for the Rokubu and appeased his soul.
But nobody wants to own the land.


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- reference : Nichibun Yokai Database -

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. rokujuurokubu 六十六部 Rokujurokubu, Rokubu Pilgrims .
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. Onipedia 日本の鬼 The Demons of Japan .


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