Raijin (雷神), also known as Raiden-sama, Yakusa no ikazuchi no kami, Kaminari-sama, and Narukami, is a god of lightning, thunder[1] and storms in the Shinto religion and in Japanese mythology. The name "Raijin" is derived from the Japanese words kaminari (, "thunder") and kami (, "god"). He is typically depicted as a demon-looking spirit beating drums to create thunder, usually with the symbol tomoe drawn on the drums.

Wooden sculpture of Raijin located at the Hawaii Shingon Mission


Fūjin-raijin-zu by Tawaraya Sōtatsu, with Raijin shown on the left and Fūjin right.

Raijin was created by the divine pair Izanami and Izanagi after the creation of Japan. There is a legend which says the eight lightning gods were charged with protection of the Dharma by the Buddha. This kind of syncretism, called Shinbutsu-shūgō, is not unusual in Japan, even after the 1868 order that formally separated Shinto and Buddhism. Raijin's companion is the demon Raiju. In Japanese art, the deity is known to challenge Fūjin, the wind god.

Some Japanese parents tell their children to hide their belly buttons during thunderstorms. This is due to a folk belief that Raijin is sometimes credited with eating the navels or abdomens of children, and in the event of thunder, parents traditionally tell their children to hide their navels so that they are not taken away.

See also


  1. ^ Ashkenazi, Michael (2003). Handbook of Japanese Mythology. ABC-CLIO. p. 236. ISBN 978-1-57607-467-1. Retrieved 2008-12-16.

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Raiden may refer to:

Raijin, also called Raiden, a god of thunder and lightning in Japanese mythology


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The comics were aimed at an older audience. The magazine's first issue was published with the cover date of December 18, 2002. Raijin Comics was initially a weekly publication, but it later became a monthly magazine on issue #37 (the October 2003 issue). In July 2004, the magazine stopped circulation with issue #46 and the brand was put "on hiatus". Raijin Comics' failure to break in the U.S. market has been attributed to competition (indirect or otherwise) with the North American version of Shonen Jump, which launched at the same time as Raijin Comics, although both magazines were aimed at different audiences. Also, unlike Jump, many of the titles in Raijin lacked general brand awareness amongst casual American manga fans.

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The Super Robot Wars universe features a great variety of anime series, and below is a list of such. In addition to these series, the SRW universe has had its own original mecha, concepts, and characters appear.

Tenjin (kami)

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It is the deification of Sugawara no Michizane (845–903), the famous scholar, poet and politician of the Heian period.

Ten 天 means sky and jin 神 means god or deity. The original meaning of Tenjin, sky deity, is almost the same as that of Raijin (a god of thunder).

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