immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)



Akakura Mountain Shrine

Sacred Beings

Shrine Founder

(see Immortal Wishes, pp. 1-8)

Akakura Mountain Shrine was founded by a local rural woman born in the 1880s. As a young mother, she experienced a series of revelatory dream-visions in which she was called by the divinity Akakura Daigongen to perform shugyo (ascetic discipline) on Akakura Mountain.

She is now revered as a divinity at the shrine and often referred to as the Great Mother.

The Mieido Image Hall, in the rear of the complex, is dedicated to her and contains a likelike statue of her. She is also depicted in votive paintings and in this statue, in front of the Reido ancestral hall.




Website developed by Ellen Schattschneider (Brandeis University)