Yama-no-Kami (山の神) is the name given to a kami of the mountains in the Shinto religion of Japan. These can be of two different types. The first type is a god of the mountains who is worshipped by hunters, woodcutters, and charcoal burners. The second is a god of agriculture who comes down from the mountains and is worshipped by farmers. This kami is generally considered as a goddess, or a female deity.
Yama-no-Kami appearing in Japanese mythology include:
- Oho-Yamatsumi (大山津見神), the father of Konohanasakuya-hime.
- Masaka-Yamatsumi (正鹿山津見神)
- Odo-Yamatsumi (淤縢山津見神)
- Oku-Yamatsumi (奥山津見神)
- Kura-Yamatsumi (闇山津見神)
- Shigi-Yamatsumi (志藝山津見神)
- Ha-Yamatsumi (羽山津見神)
- Hara-Yamatsumi (原山津見神)
- To-Yamatsumi (戸山津見神)
- Konohanasakuya-hime(木花之開耶姫), the wife of Ninigi and great-grandmother of Emperor Jimmu.
- Ohoyamakui (大山咋神), the god of Mount Hiei.
- Shirayama-hime (白山比咩神), the goddess of Mount Hakusan.
Their Chinese parallel is the shanshen (山神).
Last modified on 2 March 2013, at 10:05