Benten-dō

in Taitō-ku, Japan



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Japan, 〒110-0007 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Uenokōen, 2−1 谷中七福神
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N35° 42' 43.92" E139° 46' 16.32"   (35.7122, 139.7712)
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In Japanese a Benten-dō (弁天堂, lit. hall of Benten) is a Buddhist temple dedicated to Benten or Benzaiten, goddess of wealth, happiness, wisdom and music. Many such temples exist all over Japan.
Because the goddess was originally the personification of a river, Benten-dō often stand next to some source of water, a river, pond, spring, or even the sea. The goddess is routinely believed to be essentially the same as kami Ugajin within the syncretism of Buddhism and local kami worship called shinbutsu-shūgō. For this reason, Benten-dō can be found also at many Shinto shrines, despite use of the suffix -dō, which is the traditional designation for a Buddhist "hall". In contrast, the halls of Shinto shrines use the esuffix -den, as in honden. An example of the syncretic association is the Kawahara Shrine in Nagoya.

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Benten-dō

Address: Japan, 〒110-0007 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Uenokōen, 2−1 谷中七福神
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