Toyo-uke no kami

Toyo-uke no kami
   Or Toyo-uke-hime. The kami enshrined in the geku ('outer shrine') of the Ise jingu. The identity of this kami is hard to clarify. She is the food-kami, also the mother or parents (=Izanagi and Izanami) of Amaterasu (who is enshrined in the naiku), and a manifestation of Ame-no-minaka-imshi. According to the Shinto gobusho she and Amaterasu are 'the kami' of Ise and not personified separately. As an agricultural deity and the kami of the geku administered by the Watarai family Toyo-uke became the focus of popular pilgrimage to Ise.

A Popular Dictionary of Shinto. .

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  • Watarai Shinto —    or Ise shinto, Geku shinto. The form of Shinto developed by Watarai, Ieyuki and his successors which gave prominence to the outer shrine (geku) of Toyo uke traditionally served by the Watarai clan. Developing ideas from Shingon esoteric… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

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