Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Text Heavenly King. As part of the syncretism of Buddhism and Shinto (shinbutsu shûgô), the Shinto deity Susanoo no mikoto came to be identified with Gozu Tennô, an Indian god of pestilence. While such associations were officially abolished in the Meiji period, the word Tennô is still widely used. Revered for his power to cast out all evil, Tennô is worshiped at shrines such as Yasaka Jinja in Kyoto and Tsushima Jinja in Aichi Prefecture. See also Gion, Tennô Matsuri.