Kanon (2)


in Japanese mythology, was the son of Amida. According to Picard (Ceremonies et Coutumes' Religieuses, 7), this god is half fish, half man, or he crawls out of the throat of a proportionally large fish. The form, almost entirely female, is clothed in a light garment, the neck decorated with pearls, and the head with flowers. It has four hands, two of which are lifted up, and two are down. The latter carry a sceptre and a flower, the uplifted right hand is closed to a fist, the left carries a ring. Before this figure there lies a, large, open sea-shell, out of which a man projects in the position of worship. This idol stands in the temple of the god at Osaka, where it is worshipped as a fish or sea deity; also as creator of sun and moon.

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