Ama divers are motivated to engage in such difficult and dangerous work because of their profound faith in Ishigamisan, the goddess enshrined at the approach to Shinmei-jinja, a Shinto shrine located in Osatsu, Toba City.
This goddess is famous for her mystical power to grant one wish for each woman. Thus, this shrine is visited by a great number of people. Long time ago, there was a belief that there was a monster in the sea. Ama divers drew a symbol called “Doman-seman” on their tools as a charm against evil. At the office of this shrine, visitors can buy talismans with this symbol printed on them.
There is a small town of fishermen and female divers called “Ōsatsu” in Toba city, Mie prefecture. There is a small shrine close to the Shinmei shrine known by people as Ishigami-san. There is a 60 cm long monument of the enshrined god, “Tamayori-hime” there. Through the ages, female divers in Ōsatsu have prayed for safety while diving and a good catch.
For your Information :
Name of shrine : Ishigami-san, Jinmei Jinjya shrine
Address : 1385 Osatsu-cho, Toba, Mie Prefecture
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