Mt. Hakusan – A Spiritual Mountain

There is a village called Siromine(白峰) at the starting point of a trail up Mt. Hakusan(白山), a spiritual mountain in Ishikawa prefecture. The village used to be called Ushi-kubi village, meaning “cow’s head village,” which has a deep meaning. The reason for the name is unknown though there is a theory that the village looked like the shape of the cow’s head. “Cow’s head” evokes Gozu-Tennou(牛頭天王), Cow’s Headed King.

  • trail 道
  • prefecture 県
  • cow 牛
  • unknown わからない
  • theory 説
  • come to one’s mind 〜の心に思い浮かぶ

Blue energy body of Susanoo(スサノオ) has been appearing in the form of various figures and supernatural beings in different ages of history. Especially, Heian period was the time the blue energy body was materialized to appear. “Cow’s head” suggests a demon. Demons with two horns did appear in those days. In Heian period and those before it,  such human-like creatures were easy to appear.

  • various 様々な
  • especially 特に
  • matirialize 物質化する
  • horn ツノ
  • human-like 人間のような

Taking a look at the horns using my spiritual power, I find that they are not long ones. They have round shapes, three to five centimeters at most in height. I feel the horns are due to the elevations of the skin. It seems that men, with their genes receiving a lot of energy of Susanoo, had horns on their heads. At present, such men, having inherited spiritual factor of Susanoo, don’t grow horns because the horns have fitted in the physical body genetically over a long period of time.

  • spiritual power 霊力
  • height 高さ
  • elevation 隆起
  • gene 遺伝子
  • at present 現在は
  • inherit 受け継ぐ
  • genetically 遺伝的に

Mt. Hakusan had been a tabooed mountain no one could approach before Taicho Daishi(泰澄大師) began to climb it about 1300 years ago. The villagers, inheriting the spiritual current of Susanoo, had protected the mountain as the hill folk. They prevented people from entering the mountain area, ranging from Ushi-kubi village to Gifu and Fukui areas. I feel that they had great endurance.

  • tabooed 禁足の
  • hill folk 山の民
  • prevent A from ~ing  Aが〜するのを防ぐ
  • endurance 持久力

I hear that the villagers can climb to the top of the mountain two times a day until they turn 60, and that there was a 90-year-old man last year who went up to and returned from the top of the mountain in a day. A lot of healthy, tough people live there.

  • turn   〜になる
  • healthy 健康的な

Several times a year, I see the Mt. Hakusan is shining in pale blue lit up by the sun in the distance. The mountain is still a sacred spiritual mountain protected by Susanoo and Haraedo Four Gods(祓戸四神). It is on the land of Mt. Hakusan that the breath of God, who created the earth, first hit from Heaven.

  • pale blue 青白い
  • light up A Aを照らす
  • sacred 神聖な
  • breath  息吹

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

I Am Grateful for Being Kept Alive.

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