Benten - Goddess of everything that flows - Japanese Goddess. Benzaiten is the goddess of everything that flows water words speech eloquence music and knowledge.
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Benten - Goddess of everything that flows - Japanese Goddess

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Benten - Goddess of everything that flows

Benzaiten is the goddess of everything that flows: water, words, speech, eloquence, music and knowledge. She became one of the Seven Gods of Fortune. She is also a goddess of beauty, mothers wishing attractive daughters fasted and prayed for seven days at the temple of Benzaiten.

She is depicted as a beautiful woman with eight arms with two hands depicted in prayer and others holding; sword, bow and arrow, wheel, key, axe, spear, mandolin or biwa. She is also depicted as riding a golden dragon. She carries a jewel that can grant wishes. She is the ruler of love, music, arts, inspiration, talent, wealth and romance. As a sea and water goddess she is a purifying force that protects people from the darkness of the material world. She is also a protector from earthquakes.

Her festival is at the summer solstice and many of her shrines (benten-do or benten-sha) are still standing. She is sometimes called daughter of the dragon king and originally of Hindu origin (Goddess Saraswati). Her husband was a wicked dragon who she transformed.

--~Attributes and Correspondences~--

Area of Influence:
Water, Words, Speech, Eloquence, Music, Knowledge, Fortune, Beauty

Japanese

Caverns

Dragons, Sea Serpents

Bue, Silver, White, Yellow

-

Conch, Mother of pearl, Iron, Gold

-

East, West

Air, Water

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Lute

Honey, Yellow flowers, Wild berries

Venus

Lotus, Waterlillies, Yellow flowers

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Sword, Bow and arrow, Wheel, Key, Axe, Spear, Pestle

Cups

Summer Solstice

Japanese - Gods and Goddesses

NameTitleType

Amaterasu

Goddess of the sun.

Goddess

Benten

Goddess of everything that flows

Goddess

Daikokuten

God of wealth.

God

Ebisu

God of fishermen, luck, and workingmen.

God

Fukurokuju

God of wisdom and longevity.

God

Hachiman

God of War.

God

Hotei

God contentment and abundance.

God

Izanagi

Forefather of the gods.

God

Izanami

Goddess of creation and death.

Goddess

Kagu-tsuchi

God of Fire.

God

Konohanasakuya-hime

Goddess of Mount Fuji

Goddess

Omoikane

God of wisdom and intelligence

God

Raijin

God of thunder and lightning.

God

Ryujin

God of the Sea.

God

Suijin

God of Water.

God

Susanoo-no-Mikoto

God of storms and of the sea.

God

Tenjin

God of scholarship.

God

Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto

God of the moon.

God

Uzume

Goddess of the dawn.

Goddess

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