Kifune Shrine of tears

About two kilometres from Kibune-guchi train station I approached the first shrine where I climbed  stone steps lined with lanterns. Strangely, there was a statue of a black horse that appeared to be crying.

Kifune Shrine, Kibune, North Kyoto
Tori at the entrance to Kifune shrine, Kibune

This shrine was dedicated to the rain god, Takaokami-no-kami so that in times of drought or other emergencies, the imperial envoys made offerings and prayers at this site. From the year 818 it was believed that with an offering of black horses for rain and an offering of white horses to stop rain, prayers would be answered.

Kifune Shrine, Kibune, North Kyoto
Kifune shrine, Kibune, north of Kyoto

 

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