Hachiman

Definition

Hachiman is the ancient Shinto god or kami of war, divination, and culture. He is famously credited with sending the kamikaze or 'divine wind' which twice dispersed the invading fleets of Mongol ruler Kublai Khan in the 13th century CE. This assistance earned Hachiman the title of 'Protector of Japan'.

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  • 725
    The Usa shrine is founded in northern Kyushu and dedicated to the Shinto god Hachiman.
  • 747
    A statue of Hachiman is ceremoniously transferred from the Shinto Usa shrine to the Buddhist Todaiji shrine in Nara, Japan.
  • 859
    The Iwashimizu shrine is built and dedicated to the Shinto god Hachiman in Heiankyo (Kyoto).
  • 937
    The Shinto god Hachiman is officially recognised as a bodhisattva.
  • 1046
    Yorinobu claims Hachiman patron god and founder of the Minamoto clan in Japan.
  • 1191
    The Shinto Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine is moved from Yuinogo to Kamakura, Japan by Minamoto no Yoritomo.
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