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September 22, 2017
There is no real evidence as to how and when the Ozaki Kumano Jinja was founded, but as with Seiso-Shirayama Jinja the circumstances and timing are generally assumed to be the same as those for the Ōmiya Hachiman-Gū. What is certain is that people have lived in this area for a long time. In the autumn of 1968 excavations carried out within the shrine grounds uncovered pottery shards and housing remains from the early and late Jōmon Period repectively. Similar finds were made at the Ōmiya Hachiman-Gū. Again as with Seiso-Shirayama Jinja the betto-ji for this shrine was the Hoshoji Temple, and according to a stone engraving excavated in the grounds of the temple many samurai from Kamakura moved to this area at the end of the Kamakura Period and brought with them their worship of Kumano Gongen. After the Meiji Restoration the priests who were serving the Ōmiya Hachiman-Gū began performing the same functions at the Ozaki-Kumano Jinja. In 1908 the nearby shrines of Inari, Saruta-hiko, and Mitake were merged into Ozaki-Kumano.
Tsumatsu-hime-mikoto (71C) 抓津比咩命
Ōyatsu-hime-mikoto (71B) 大屋津比咩命
From Merged Shrines
Saruta-hiko Jinja 猿田彦神社
Inari Jinja 稲荷神社
Mitake Jinja 御嶽神社
Earliest mention of:
#3 in the Zenpukuji River Jinja Walk, slightly under 2 km from the Seiso-Shirayama Jinja. I think the kitsune in the Inari Jinja are more expressive than usual; the komainu are dated December 1936. The tree in the bottom row of pictures is a black pine, and is said to be about 400 years old.
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