Yama-no-Kami

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Yama-no-Kami (山の神) is the name given to a kami of the mountains in the Shinto religion of Japan. These can be of two different types. The first type is a god of the mountains who is worshipped by hunters, woodcutters, and charcoal burners. The second is a god of agriculture who comes down from the mountains and is worshipped by farmers. This kami is generally considered as a goddess, or a female deity.

Yama-no-Kami appearing in Japanese mythology include:

  • Oho-Yamatsumi (大山津見神), the father of Konohanasakuya-hime.
  • Masaka-Yamatsumi (正鹿山津見神)
  • Odo-Yamatsumi (淤縢山津見神)
  • Oku-Yamatsumi (奥山津見神)
  • Kura-Yamatsumi (闇山津見神)
  • Shigi-Yamatsumi (志藝山津見神)
  • Ha-Yamatsumi (羽山津見神)
  • Hara-Yamatsumi (原山津見神)
  • To-Yamatsumi (戸山津見神)
  • Konohanasakuya-hime(木花之開耶姫), the wife of Ninigi and great-grandmother of Emperor Jimmu.
  • Ohoyamakui (大山咋神), the god of Mount Hiei.
  • Shirayama-hime (白山比咩神), the goddess of Mount Hakusan.

Their Chinese parallel is the shanshen (山神).