The Myth of the White Rabbit of Inaba and Okuninushi, the God of Medicine

The Myth of the White Rabbit of Inaba and Okuninushi, the God of Medicine

 

 

 

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2011 will be the year of the rabbit in the Japanese zodiac In the province Izumo, in the western part of Honshu has existed for centuries a strong and still living folk cult of the rabbit. Since the Kojiki the story of the white rabbit is conected with the existence of the god of medicine a former powerful god who, afterwards, strangely lost his power in the Shinto pantheon. A historical and political lecture is now done of these mythological stories which reflect power struggles between the new imperial center and the powerful clansin the provinces.

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