Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集
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Yama no kami
| (1) A god of the mountains who is worshiped by hunters, charcoal-burners, and woodcutters. The deity enshrined is Ôyamatsumi no mikoto or Konohanasakuyahime. There are various traditions connected with the worship of this yama no kami, but the practice of offering an ocean fish called okoze is particularly widespread.
(2) A god of agriculture who comes down from the mountains to appear as the ta no kami or god of the rice fields during the growing season. This deity is worshiped in farming communities and is thought to differ from the yama no kami described in (1) above.