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高野音彦
OtohikoTAKANO

かみさまはいるよ
Kamisama wa iruvo (The Gods do Exist)


八百万の神様なんていうけれど、実際私たちの周りにはあふれるくらい神様がいる。神社はそこかしこにあるし、お盆や結婚式、クリスマスといろんな神様仏様のお世話になっている。感謝することはあんまりないのに、困った時は図々しく神頼みしてみたり。
神様を合わせてお祀リするのは二つのろうそくの火を一緒にするようなものなんだとか。だとしたら、天照大神も大日如来もキリストも、金比羅様やおいなリさんも氏神様もご先祖様も、このはじっこの国に押し込まれて大きな—つの火になってしまったのかもね。お正月やお盆、クリスマスには日本人がみんなで共有している『なんだかよくわからない巨大なろうそくの火』を少しだけ借リてきて好きな名前で畏怖と尊敬を表しているのだ。
それだから私たちは自分だけの特別な神様を持つことだってできるし、そんな神様は他の神様を否定したりしない。都合のよい話だけれど日本はやっぱリ神様の国だと思うな。


In Japan people often refer to the 'eight million gods', and it is a fact that we are surrounded by numerous gods. There are shrines built everywhere and during the Festival of the Dead, weddings or Christmas, we are indebted to Buddha and various gods. We seldom offer them gratitude, but soon ask their help when we are in trouble.
It is said that to worship all the gods together is like combining the flames of two candles, but if this were true, it would mean that Amaterasu Omikami, Dainichi Nyorai, Christ, Kompira, Oinari and all the tutelary gods had been stuffed into this country on the edge of the continent and become a single fire. At the New Year, the Festival of the Dead or Christmas it is as if we borrow a little piece of the 'flame of the giant candle nobody understands’, giving it our own name to express our awe and worship.
That is why we are able to possess our own personal gods and why that particular god will not deny the other gods. It may sound a bit self-serving, but I think that Japan is truly the land of the gods.
seifuku takano_otohiko

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