Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Text A deity worshiped as the protector of basic livelihoods and believed to impart happiness and prosperity. Generally regarded as united with the native deity Kotoshironushi no kami, Ebisu is worshiped in the city as the god of merchants and in rural areas as the god of the ricefields (ta no kami). These beliefs originated in fishing villages, where Ebisu was believed to be the god of abundant catches. He was thought to have appeared from out of the sea, a god from a far country believed to bring blessings. See also Daikoku.