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Exhibition Room #4 in the National Museum of Japanese History "World of the Southern Islands", Visiting Gods

Miroku, who visits at Mushama (the ceremony for the Festival of the Dead) (Hateruma Island, Okinawa prefecture)
Miroku is one of the visiting gods. A visiting god is a god that is believed to visit this world at a set time from another world, such as from beyond the horizon or from deep in the mountains. In the various regions of the Japanese Archipelago, there are over 30 examples of this type of god. It is thought that this Miroku is a secular rendering created by followers of the Buddhist Bodhisattva Maitreya (Miroku in Japanese). However, even with the same name, Miroku, it is very interesting to note that there is a big difference in the expression on the statue of Maitreya Bodhisattva, sitting in the half lotus position at Kyoto's Koryu-ji Temple, and that on the statue of Miroku in Hateruma in Okinawa.

Fusamarah (Hateruma Island, Okinawa Prefecture)
Said to be one of the visiting gods. Known as a rain god, Fusamarah appears during ceremonies that pray for rain. He comes from a mountain named Fusamarah and goes around the wells in the village. His face is made of a gourd and the body is wrapped in moonflower and sponge cucumber leaves.


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Special exhibition
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Book Introductions by the Author

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"The World of Characters in Ancient Japan" by Minami Hirakawa


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(reviewer Satoshi Oohira)

Exhibition Review

Exhibition - Castles and Unification under the Empire The difficult-to-express assertion of the exhibition (reviewer Toshifumi Yata)

Rekihaku Chat (Readers' page) 3/20/2001

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