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Ten aspects of God’s providence



Kashikone-no-Mikoto かしこねのみこと is one of the “ten aspects of God’s providence.” It appears sixth on a list of sacred names in Chapter Four of The Doctrine of Tenrikyo. It represents the protection of breathing and speaking in the human body as well as wind in the world at large.[1]

This aspect of God’s providence is explicitly mentioned in Ofudesaki verses 6:38 and 12:143.

Sacred name

The sacred name Kashikone-no-Mikoto has an antecedent in the Nihon Shoki known as Ayakashikone-no-Mikoto written with the kanji 吾屋惶根尊. [2] (It may be noted that Kashikone-no-Mikoto is usually written as かしこねのみこと in Tenrikyo literature.)

According to Hisanori Kontani, Kashikone-no-Mikoto was named so in order to instruct that people should speak with a good (Kashiko) sound (ne).[3]

Representation in the Kagura Service

In the Kagura Service, the position of Kashikone-no-Mikoto is reserved for a male administrative staff member of Tenrikyo Church Headquarters. A different dancer is assigned to the role each month.[4] The dancer representing Kashikone-no-Mikoto stands in the southwest wearing a male mask and has a sash connecting his wrist to the mask of the dancer representing Omotari-no-Mikoto.

Form in the muddy ocean

According to the Truth of Origin, when God the Parent searched for materials to create human beings, a flatfish was summoned from the southwest. Upon consuming him and testing the flavor of his mind, God decided to use him as the instrument for breathing and speaking.[5]

Form in the heavens

Kashikone-no-Mikoto is represented in the heavens by stars located in the southwest.[6]

Ura-shugo or “indirect explanation of the divine providence”

Kashikone-no-Mikoto is associated with Dainichi Nyorai (Vairocana) and Enko Taishi (Honen)[6]

External links


  1. The Doctrine of Tenrikyo, p. 31.
  2. 天理教青年会資料調査班 Tenrikyo Seinenkai Shiryochosa-han. 「教祖伝史料の検討『中山みきノート批判』」“Oyasama-den shiryo no kento: Nakayama Miki kenkyu noto hihan.” 『あらきようりよう』 Arakitoryo 149 (Fall 1987), p. 234.
  3. Kontani, Hisanori. My Lecture on the Koki, the Divine Record, p. 77.
  4. Morishita, Saburo S. Teodori: Cosmological Building and Social Consolidation in a Ritual Dance, p. 123.
  5. The Doctrine of Tenrikyo, p. 21.
  6. 6.0 6.1 中山正善 Nakayama Shozen. 『こふきの研究』 Koki no kenkyu, p. 121.