Friday, March 30, 2012

A Japan Photo per Day - Japanese traditions - Raijin, the Thunder God

Visiting Japanese temples, eventually you will wonder who are the characters represented so often by larger-than-life sculptures placed inside many temple gates… One of them is Raijin, the Japanese god of thunder and lightning (his name comes from rai “thunder” and shin “god"). One of the oldest Japanese deities, Raijin is an original Shinto god, also known as kaminari (from kami “spirit” or “deity” and nari “thunder") .

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