immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)




Akakura Daigongen


Akakura Daignongen, the principal divinity worshipped at Akakura Mountain Shrine, has multiple incarnations and forms.

He is at times seen as a young man, as a dragon (or pairs of dragons), as a beautiful woman, or even as a pair of trees or birds. His shotai (true form) is usually considered to be as a white-haired old man, as repesented in this shrine painting.

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