Myth and Folk Legend : Ebisu (2)

Ebisu is said to have been deaf, worshiped as a god who offers the family fortunate and prosperity in business beside a god of fishing. Some shrines for him are located mainly in Osaka, etc.

There is a custom from ancient times: Those who worship at Ebisu Shrine turn to the back of the shrine pavilion first, strike a hind wainscot, call several times "I am here!" and then bow politely.

An old man and persons with disability including a blind man had achieved the important role which handed down such a myth and a folk legend from generation to generation.

They stayed at home and watched the fire of a fireplace rather than going out for hunting or farming. The center of information at a place where people gathered was what the old man has kept telling.

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