binbô no kami no ofuda
||shi-yaku-jin no hokora
Shrine of the Four Misfortune kami
kanji/kana: ぐるり と 家 を 取り巻く 貧乏の神
romaji: gururi to ie wo torimaku binbô-no-kami
Literal: circumference-(connective particle)-house-(object of verb particle)-to enclose-poverty kami
Poetic: Poverty kami encircles this house like a wall,
kanji/kana: 七福神 は 外 へ 出られず
romaji: shichi-fuku-jin wa soto he derarezu
Literal: seven good fortune kami-(topic particle)-outside-(destination particle)-to leave cannot
Poetic: the seven kami of fortune they cannot leave at all.
binbô no kami
, also called binbôgami
, is the kami of poverty
. Those he comes to stay with, soon experience a serious decline in their fortunes. Most often he is "invited" to move on to the next house, village, or town. However, there are several stories in Japanese folklore where he has been invited to stay or even been enshrined, both of which actions have been beneficial to his hosts.
norito are offered to binbô no kami on every Friday of each month.
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