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Tengu – Atagoyama Taroubou Back Story


Atagoyama Taroubou 愛宕山太郎坊( あたごやまたろうぼう ) – Kyoto:

This tengu protects Atago shrine, which is devoted to the deity Izanagi. He was assigned to this job by Buddha about 3,000 years ago and considered the representative of all the other tengu in Japan. He was apparently nameless – or his name wasn‘t known for a lot of that time. The name is first mentioned after a big fire in Kyoto in 1177 that people believed he caused, which was called “Tarou - Shoubou 太郎焼亡 (たろうしょうぼう)" (The Tarou Fire).


Famous Tengu and where to worship them


As tengu stories evolved to give specific tengu names and stories, apparently there was an irresistible urge to rank which tengu were the best.


The three greatest tengu, according to the philosopher Hayashi Razan, were:


    1. Soujoubou of Kurama (Kyoto)

   2. Taroubou of Atago (Kyoto)

   3. Jiroubou of Hira (the Hira Mountains are west of Lake Biwa)


Soujoubou of Kurama is particularly significant. Sometimes called King of the Tengu, he was the tengu who taught swordsmanship to Minamoto no Yoshitsune. There‘s also a legend that the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, learned martial arts from this tengu. Tengu Geijutsuron 天狗芸術論 (てんぐげいじゅつろん), (The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts) by Issai Chozanshi, an eighteenth-century samurai, is a collection of parables presented as the story of a swordsman who converses with a tengu on Mt. Kuruma about the martial arts philosophy.


That’s not the only list, though. It‘s clear from the history that way too many dead guys spent way too much time thinking about tengu. And if you think the urge to obsessively make numbered lists of things is a product of the Internet, think again. We also have the 17 great tengu listed in the 18th century Tengu Meigikou, the list of 48 tengu in the Edo period (called Tengu Tate 天狗経 (てんぐたて) or Tengu Sutra), and this list of eight, which has become more or less traditional nowadays (the suffix "-bou" at the end of most of the names means Buddhist priest):


1. Atagoyama Taroubou 愛宕山太郎坊 (あたごやまたろうぼう) – Kyoto: See above.


2. Kuramayama Soujoubou 鞍馬山僧正坊 (くらまやまそうじょうぼう) – Kyoto: This is our old friend Soujoubou, King of the Tengu, mentioned above.


3. Hirasan Jiroubou 比良山治朗坊(ひらさんじろうぼう) – Shiga: This tengu originally resided on Mt. Hiei and was supposedly as strong as Taroubou, but when powerful monks moved in, he up and moved to Mt. Hira. He appears in a few violent tales in the late Heian period, doing things like attacking a dragon, and grabbing a monk and throwing him into a cave where a dragon lived.


4. Izuna Saburou 飯綱三郎(いずなさぶろう) – Nagano: This tengu is said to boast of more apprentices than Mt. Fuji’s “Fujitarou.” And no surprise, since some useful miracles are attributed to him. For example, once when all of Japan suffered a poor harvest, he saved many lives by distributing the sand from the top of the Izuna mountain called “iizuna 飯砂 (いいずな) a kind of Tengu manna similar to brown rice. The tengu Saburou is also known as Izuna Gongen. An interesting/confusing combination of Buddhism and Shinto, Izuna Gongen and Akiba Gongen (Sanjakubou, Mt. Akiba) are deities depicted as tengu riding on a white fox. Or maybe they're the same deity – there are different theories. But a tengu riding a white fox is so incredibly awesome, who cares about the details?


5. Sagami Ooyamahoukibou 相模大山伯耆坊(さがみおおやまほうきぼう) – Kanagawa: Another tengu who didn't stick with his original mountain, Ooyamahoukibou originally lived at Houki Daisen mountain in Tottori. The original tengu of Soushu Ooyama mountain was Sagamibou. But, Sagamibou had to move to Shiromine in Kagawa on the Shikoku island to comfort the spirit of the emperor Suutokujoukou, so Ooyamahoukibou moved in as a successor to the post.


6. Hikozan Buzenbou 彦山豊前坊 (ひこざんぶぜんぼう) – Fukuoka: He is known as the general manager of Kyushu tengu. He keeps track of who's naughty and who's nice, and will send one of his tengu staff to punch out a person for being snobby and greedy. But if you worship tengu yokai properly, they'll get together and make your dreams come true.


7. Oomine Zenki 大峰前鬼 (おおみねぜんき) – Nara: Zenki and Goki were a married couple of oni (demons) who originally did your usual evil demon things. But they reformed when En no Ozuno, the founder of Shugendou, hid one of their children in an iron pot. From this, they understood the sadness of the parents whose children they had killed. From then on, they protected En no Ozuno, and Zenki later became a tengu.


8. Shiramine Sagamibou 白峰相模坊 (しらみねさがみぼう) – Kagawa: We've already heard of Sagamibou in the story of tengu number 5 – he's the one who moved to Kagawa on the Shikoku island to comfort the spirit of the emperor Suutokujoukou for all eternity. The emperor died after eight years of exile on Shikoku, longing all the time to return to Kyoto.

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