kakemono of pilgrimage of awaji island 淡 路 島 in Hyogo prefecture for the seven lucky gods with shuins or seals of different temples.
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It is a kakemono for a pilgrimage of shichifukujin or seven lucky gods on the island of Awaji. The names of the temples and their seal are inscribed on the kakemono; they are:
| temple name || Gods|
|2.智禅寺 Chizenji|| Benten |
|3.長林寺 Chōrinji ||Fukurokuju|
These seven gods are related to a castes and are often asked to help in their respective powers , they are also the incarnation of a virtue.
Daikoku (大黒)is a god of trade and prosperity. He is the protector of cooks, bankers and farmers. He has a bag full of wonderful things to offer to the deserving person. His virtue is fortune.
Benten (弁天) is a goddess of arts and music, she gives talents, fortune and beauty to her believers. She is the patron of musicians, poet, geisha and other artists. His virtue is friendliness.
Fukurokuju (福禄) is a god of wisdom, luck, longevity and luck. Its origin would be Chinese as god in the Taoism. He is recognizable by his very long skull, he carries a cane and often a peach. His virtue is the popularity. He has the power to raise the dead.
Hotei (布袋) is a god of joy, he is the incarnation of Bodisattva maitreya known as the happy Buddha. He was a true monk who died in the Xth century. He is obese and always has a smile. His virtue is magnanimity. He is the boss of the bartenders and the diviners.
Eibusu (恵比) is the god of the sea, sea workers, abundance and success in trade. He is born of the original couple who created Japan, he is the only one who had a Japanese origin. He carries a fish (sea bream) and a fishing rod, it represents the abundance during meals that explains its presence in restaurants. His virtue is his candor, his frankness in buiness.
Bishamonten(毘沙門天) is a god of warriors and traders. He heals diseases and protects Japan, making him popular warriors as well as doctors. His virtue is dignity. He carries a spear and armor. He often walks on a demon.
jurojin (寿老人)is a god of wisdom and longevity. He is often depicted with a deer and a stick. It is popular among scholars and other scholars. His virtue is longevity.
The pilgrimage was developed in the nineteenth century in different cities of Japan, bringing prosperity and happiness to those who have the seals on a kakemono.
the kakemono is made in paper and silk with fews black spots which looks like small bruns by encense.
|materials||silk , paper and wood lacquer .|
|era||modern period 1866-now|