The Four Guardian Gods of KyotoPosted date：2022-11-07
Category：Talk about Kyoto
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Do you know it? It’s about the past in Heian period when Kyoto was called Heiankyo.Heiankyo boasted its majesty as the strongest king castle that four divine beasts protected it.
These four divine beasts acted on each other and guarded Heiankyo from tremendous outside enemies.
The Genbu (North: administering the winter)
In China, the emperor is said to have conducted the politics facing south and the palace was placed as the place for political dissemination.
The blue dragon (West: administering the spring)
The blue dragon is the protection god of the east also called Tokai blue dragon king.
Feng shui dictated that the east needed a river, and the Kamo River was just the ideal place. The blue dragon is the god that is protecting the water transportation in the Kamo River.
Suzaku (South: administering the summer)
Suzaku is the divine beast that protects the south and administers fires and the summer.
And Suzaku Street, which runs from north to south was regarded as the passage of dragons.
The white tiger (west: administering the fall)
The white tiger is known as the god which protects the streets and land transportation.
In the past, Heian-kyo was protected by these four divine beasts and it reigned over Japan as the strongest castle.
In Chinese astronomy…
Each of the four directions interacts with each other, and the chi gathers in the central earth.
In the center was allocated Huanglong and Kirin.
The land that is suitable for the four deities in terms of the center and direction is called “Shisin-souou” (suitable for the four deities).
According to Feng shui, the best place was the place where dragon vein runs through the center, with the “mountain” governed by Xuanwu in the background, the “lake” governed by Suzaku in front, and the “sand” on either side.
The Heian-kyo capital was exactly as it should have been, with the four divine beasts interacting with each other to create the strongest castle that nothing could ever penetrate.
The holy divine beasts that protect the towns of Kyoto connected with the Five Element of Yin and Yang. These are just the four gods.
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