Tenpi-gu (Tenson-byou site)

Deity of the sea

Tenpi-gu is where Mazu, the goddess of the sea and safe journey is enshrined. Tenpi is an another name for Mazu, given by a Chinese emperor. Sometimes called Tengou (the Celestial Empress), she is worshipped even now by the Chinese and Southeast Asians. During Ryukyu’s Great Trade Era, people prayed to her at Tenpi-gu for safe journeys in trade or tributary voyages. During the kingdom era, Tenpi-gu had two areas, called the upper and lower-areas. After the Meiji era, the site was used for a school and the Tenpi-gu was moved to Tenson-byou. After it was burned down during the war, it was reconstructed in 1975 with the Shisei-byou in Wakasa. Many people pray for safe journeys and safe driving, family happiness, good harvest in agriculture and prosperous business.

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