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Ugajin

Ugajin (宇賀神), masculine form.

Ugajin (宇賀神) is harvest and fertility kami of Japanese Mythology.[1][2] Ugajin is represented both as a male and a female, and is often depicted with the body of a snake and the head of a bearded man, for the masculine variant,[1] or the head of a woman, for the female variant. In Tendai Buddhism Ugajin was syncretically fused with Buddhist goddess Benzaiten, which became known as Uga Benzaiten or Uga Benten.[3] The goddess sometimes carries on her head Ugajin's effigy.

In this limited sense, the kami is part of the Japanese Buddhist pantheon.

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  1. ^ a b Watsky, Andrew Mark. (2004). p. 233.Chikubushima: Deploying the Sacred Arts in Momoyama Japan, , p. 233, at Google Books
  2. ^ Handbook of Japanese mythology by Michael Ashkenazi p.126 [1]
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