疫病の神の御札 「えきびょうのかみのおふだ」
ekibyô no kami no ofuda
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nakare
no
sue
ni
ika
ni
dokusui
eki
byô
no
kami
moro
no
yamai
mo
iyuru
yu
no
yama
no
shi-yaku-jin no hokora
Shrine of the Four Misfortune kami
Translation
kanji/kana: 諸 の 病 も いゆる 湯 の 山 の
romaji: moro no yamai mo iyuru yu no yama no
Literal: all kinds-(possesive particle)-illness-(addition indicating particle)-to flow-hot spring-(possessive particle)-mountain-(possessive particle)
Poetic: Diseases of all sorts flow down this mountain where springs heal,

kanji/kana: なかれ の 末 に いか に 毒水
romaji: nakare no sue ni ika ni dokusui
Literal: must not-(possessive particle)-end-(direction indicating particle)-below-(direction indicating particle)-poison water
Poetic: this poison water in the vale is but nature turned full wheel.
宗之
sono
ekibyô no kami is the kami of plague and pestilence; he is sometimes also called ekibyôgami. ekibyô no kami came to prominence during the Age of Plagues (700 ad - 1050 ad) when Japan suffered from an almost continuous series plagues introduced from the Asian mainland. The kyoto gion matsuri, held to appease the kami of disaster and plague, is one outgrowth of this period.
norito are offered to ekibyô no kami on the ninth day of each month.
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