5/27/2008

Amagoi Fudo

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Fudo Myo-O Gallery

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Fudo for Rain Rituals . Amagoi Fudo 雨乞い不動
Nitta Fure Fudo Son

Gunma Prefecture - Myo-O In
明王院(みょうおういん) 新田觸不動尊(にったふれふどうそん)
群馬県新田郡尾島町大字安養寺字呑嶺200-1番地


This temple was build in 1061 by 頼空上人 and later under the protection of the Nitta daimyo family. In 1333 under the protection of Godaigo Tenno it became a "Temple with seven important buildings" and 12 housings for monks.

The present Fudo Hall was constructed in 1705. The building on the leading road has two stories and is called Niten-Mon 二天門.

The small Fudo Tabernacle contains two statues of Fudo. One is about 5.5 cm high and made from "Enbudagon 閻浮檀金 (noble gold)", a special gold with a redish shine from the "Enbuda Forest" and was made in 1333 for the Nitta family.
It is called "Nitta Fure Fudo Son" 新田触不動尊.

The other statue is about 76 cm high and made from wood.It was carved in one night, the Fudo revealing himself in the statue, Miei Fudo Myo-O 御影不動明王 and has no flaming halo in the back.

The main hall of the temple houses another statue of Fudo Myo-O 倶利伽藍不動明王, also a protector deity of the Nitta family.

In 1794 a memorial stone for Matsuo Basho was built and later more material about 21 haiku poets with relations to Ojima Village was collected.


© 明王院


Memorial stone of a haiku by Matsuo Basho.

白露も こぼさぬ萩の うねりかな  
shiratsuyu mo kobosanu hagi no uneri kana 



not even spilling
the white dew -
swaying bush clover

Tr. Gabi Greve


. Discussing Basho - shiratsuyu .


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zentai Fudo 1000 Fudo statues

- source : Shigeru on facebook


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Rain Rituals, Dances and Prayers (amagoi)

White Dew (shiratsuyu) and Haiku


O-Fudo Sama Gallery

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