1/18/2017

Rokushakubo Tengu Ontake

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Rokusekiboo 六石坊 Rokuseki-Bo
御嶽山六石坊 / 御岳山六石坊 Ontakesan (Mitakesan) Rokuseki-Bo


He is one of the
. 四十八天狗 48 Important Tengu of Japan .

He is quoted in many references, but it seems it is a mix-up (or spelling mistake) with

Rokushakuboo 六尺坊 Rokushakubo, Rokushaku-Bo

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Mount Ontake (御嶽山 Ontake-san), also referred to as Mount Kiso Ontake (木曽御嶽山 Kiso Ontake-san),



the second highest volcano in Japan (after Mount Fuji) at 3,067 m.
It was thought dormant, but on September 27, 2014, it erupted.
- source : wikipedia

Mount Ontakesan has various peaks populated with individual Tengu.
Ontake shinkō 御嶽信仰 Ontake Shinko is the religion of the region.

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Beliefs and practices associated with Mt Ontake in Kiso (Nagano Prefecture).
It is a mountain cult chiefly supported by confraternities (kō) and religious organizations (kyōkai). It is not clear when Ontake began to be considered a sacred mountain but from the fact that it was of old called Ō no mitake ("The Monarch, Mitake"), it can be inferred that it was related to the Mitake cult of Kimpusen at Yoshino of the Heian period.
It is thought that by the Kamakura period Ontake was revered as a provincial guardian by local shugenja influenced by Kumano and Yoshino: medieval saimon (statements read before the kami during rituals) owned by Ontake Jinja in the village of Ōdaki and founder legends record that buddhas and kami associated with Kumano and Ōmine were revered, and in the Shin sarugaku-ki (Fujiwara Akihira, 1058-65),
Ontake is listed together with Tateyama and Hakusan as a place where Shugendō was practiced.
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- source : kokugakuin, Nakayama Hajime -

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木曽御嶽山の天狗たち - Many Tengu lived at the peaks of this mountain


source : toki.moo.jp/gaten/701-750/gate734

前山 - 三笠山 刀利天坊 Mikasayama - Toriten-Bo
前山 - 八海山 大頭羅坊 Hakkaisan - Daizura-Bo
(摩利支天山 Marishiten Yama) on 阿留摩耶山 the peak Arumayasan アルマヤ坊 Arumaya-Bo

But Rokushaku-Bo was thought to be an incarnation of the deity 御嶽権現 Ontake Gongen.
So he is thought of to be rather special and the leader of them all. He he lived on the Main Peak,
Kengamine 剣ケ峰 (3063.4m).

. Marishitengake in the Kiso Mountains .

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Rokushakuboo 六尺坊 Rokushakubo, Rokushaku-Bo
Climbing Mount Ontakesan for religious practises was very dangerous in former times and the Shugendo priests usually never came back.
It was a place where the Tengu Kodama spirits lived.
One of the few who took residence here was the Tengu Rokushaku-Bo (六尺棒).

. Kodama 木霊 / 木魂 The Tree Spirit .



source : toki.moo.jp/gaten/201-250/gate210


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The volcano Mount Ontake has produced five crater lakes.
One of them is Sannoike 三ノ池 The Third Lake.
Its waters are said to have healing properties and many people come here to drink it.


source : toki.moo.jp/gaten/201-250/gate209

Legend says the present shelter hut used to be the living quarters of
アルマヤ坊天狗 Arumaya Tengu.

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- reference : nichibun yokai database 妖怪データベース -
28 legends about 御嶽 長野 (00)


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