おしら様

Riccardo91

Senior Member
Italian
Dear Japanese forum,

I have a question about the おしら様 kami. In a cartoon a group of kamis, youkais and such appear in front of the main characters, and they get named one by one. When they say おしら様 the camera focuses on a young girl and a horse.

I've read about the legend behind this (one of the many about おしら様), but one thing still isn't clear to me: are there two Oshiras (the girl and the horse) or Oshira only refers to the girl here?

Thank you so much!
 
  • gengo

    Senior Member
    American English
    Wikipedia: "According to legend, Oshirasama was born from the love between a woman and horse." So maybe the camera is showing the parents?

    Here is what the deity is supposed to look like:

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    Riccardo91

    Senior Member
    Italian
    (Sorry for the delay in aswering!)

    From what I understand, there are many legends and graphic representations of おしら様, and that's only one of them (the one in the Miyazaki movie).

    Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Thank you so much!
     

    Just passerby

    New Member
    Japanese
    Hi gusy,

    Excuse me for cutting in. It’s unique question! and I checked おしら様 on Wikipedia.
    Most of these are made of mulberry wood with the faces of men and women or horses written or carved on the tip of a stick, and are worn many layers of clothes made of cloth.
    And these are often enshrined in pairs such as men and women, horses and daughters, and horses and men, etc...

    Answer:
    >are there two Oshiras (the girl and the horse) or Oshira only refers to the girl here?
    ->Oshira-sama is usually displayed in pair, with some combination not only girls and horse. There are several type of Oshira-sama (see above)

    I hope this helps you!
     
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