Deities, Inari, Loki, Personal

Inari and Loki Part 3: Working Together

In this post I am going to talk about my experience in working with both Inari-Ōkami and Loki. Please note that this is my personal experience and will not apply to everyone! Introductions I have had my Inari-Ōkami kamidana for many years now and when Loki requested an altar I was worried that their energies… Continue reading Inari and Loki Part 3: Working Together

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Deities, Loki

Inari and Loki Part 2: Loki

In my last post I talked about my relationship with Inari-Ōkami and how she is like a parent to me. This time I'm going to talk about my other patron deity, Loki. Loki is one of those deities where I'm not sure exactly when he arrived in my life but it feels like he's always… Continue reading Inari and Loki Part 2: Loki

Deities, Kami, Shinto

Inari and Loki Part 1: Inari

This is the first of three posts where I'm going to talk about how having more than one patron/matron deity feels like, my personal experiences and how it affects my practice. I don't actually talk about Loki on here nearly as much as Shinto and Inari-Okami but my reason for that is quite simple; I… Continue reading Inari and Loki Part 1: Inari

Deities, Shinto

[Guest Post] Inari-Okami in Numata City

This week we have a wonderful guest post by Hannah over at http://benannainjapan.blogspot.com/! This post does an excellent job of illustrating just how much influence Inari has in a small area. I love how the shrines range from formal to casual, traditional to untraditional. And of course, the pure feeling of love and nostalgia that… Continue reading [Guest Post] Inari-Okami in Numata City

Deities, Kami, Mythology, Shinto

Protecting the Gates: Shrine Guardians

Today I am going to talk about many of the guardian animals associated with Shinto. When visiting a Shinto shrine, one of the first things one sees are a pair of foxes, lion-dogs or other creatures. Lion Dogs (Komainu) Komainu translates to 'Korean dog' or 'Foreign dog'. It is believed that they came from the… Continue reading Protecting the Gates: Shrine Guardians