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Kumedera Kume Sennin

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Kumedera 久米寺 Kume-Dera, Nara


奈良県橿原市 / Nara Prefecture, Kashihara, Kumecho, 502

第7番 霊禅山 久米寺 Kumedera
Nr. 7 of the 49-temple pilgrimage dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai.
. 西国四十九薬師巡礼 Yakushi Nyorai in Western Japan .

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ema 絵馬 votive tablet of the founder, Kume Sennin



stone statue of Kume Sennin

久米寺は、畝傍山(うねびやま)の南に位置する仁和寺(にんなじ)別院の真言宗のお寺で、橿原神宮(かしはらじんぐう)の一の鳥居を南に入ってすぐのところにあります。
久米仙人伝説(くめせんにんでんせつ)
- Homepage of the temple
- source : city.kashihara.nara.jp/kankou




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. sennin 仙人と伝説 Legends about Immortals .



Kume no Sennin 久米の仙人
The Immortal Kume used to fly around in the sky, riding on clouds. Once he saw a beautiful woman doing the washing at a river and got quite exited and involved with her.
This was the reason why he lost his 神通力 supernatural powers.
Part of this 通 power stayed deep in the mountain and became akki 悪鬼 a bad demon, who was called 通鬼 Tsuki, Tsu-Oni. This wicked demon went to the village and bewitched boys, even making them ill and mentally confused.
He lived at the times of emperor 欽明天皇 Kinmei Tenno.

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Who is Kume Sennin?



..... Kume Sennin’s legend is recounted in classical works, such as Book 11:24 of Konjaku Monogotari (今昔物語集) a 12th century collection of Buddhist Parables, and Essay 8 of Tsuregurekusa (徒然草), a collection of thoughts on life by the Buddhist monk Yoshida Kenko (1283 – 1352).
The legend says
that Kume was traveling on his cloud when he suddenly noticed a young woman near a river washing her clothes. He curiously watched the woman and unexpectedly caught a glimpse of her white leg under her raised kimono.
Kume’s mind became filled with desire and he immediately lost the ability to fly. Heavy with lustful thoughts, Kume fell to the earth and crashed in front of the lady!
Smitten,
Kume chose to marry the maiden. They made love for many years and started a family. Yet one day Kume realized the error of his ways, repented and set off to achieve the ultimate goal of immortality all over again.
According to the legend,
Kume worked hard to redeem himself, regained his powers, and built (or inspired the building of) Kumedera Temple (久米寺)in Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture. This temple dates back to the time of Prince Shotoku Taishi (574 – 622 AD) and still exists today.
This tells us that the Kume legend goes back at least 1,400 years.
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A Japanese ivory netsuke 20th century, signed Keiun finely carved as Peeping Tom Sennin, the cloud dwelling spirit of Kume, 4.5 cm long.
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Kume Sennin 久米仙人 Also written 粂仙人.
A legendary immortal often depicted in Edo period painting. According to legend recorded in KONJAKU MONOGATARI 今昔物語 (vol.11), Kume Sennin studied the special practices of the immortals at Ryuumonji 龍門寺 in Nara. Having learned how to fly, he flew one day over the Yoshino 吉野 river, and spotted a young woman washing laundry in the river. At the sight of the woman's white legs, he was so struck with passion that his supernatural powers failed him and he tumbled to the ground in front of the woman. This woman became his wife. Kume Sennin was then recruited to help build the capital at Takechi 高市 and was told to move lumber with his special powers. After eight days of intense training, he obtained the protection of Buddha and regaining his supernatural powers, flew the large quantity of wood to its destination in one swoop. For this deed, he received land in Kashihara 橿原 from the emperor, and here he founded Kumedera 久米寺. Pictorial representations of Kume Sennin usually depict him in the act of seeing the woman and tumbling from the sky.
A well known example is the folding screen by Soga Shouhaku 曾我蕭白 (1730-81) in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (dated 1759). In ukiyo-e 浮世絵 prints Kume Sennin often appeares dressed in the garb of a Chinese sage.
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source : Autumn-Takayama-Festival...

Kume Sennin on a festival float
秋の高山祭

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. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and Talismans .
. 薬師如来 Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来 Bhaisajyaguru - ABC .

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2 comments:

Gabi Greve said...

Nihon no sennin 日本の仙人 Japanese Immortals and Hermits
He is listed as Nr. 08.
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https://heianperiodjapan.blogspot.jp/2018/03/japanese-sennin-immortals-hermits.html
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Gabi Greve said...

道の駅「久米の里」Roadside station Kume-no-sato
563-1 Miyao, Tsuyama, Okayama

and food for the Sennin
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https://heianperiodjapan.blogspot.jp/2018/03/sennin-elixir-of-life-food.html
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