Submitted Name (1)
Gender Feminine & Masculine
Scripts イナリ(Japanese Katakana)
Pronounced Pron. IN-AHR-EE(Japanese) EE-NAH-REE(Japanese) in-AHR-ee(Japanese Mythology) ee-NAH-ree(Japanese Mythology) [key]
Other Forms FormsAnari, Oinari
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Meaning & History
Means "carrying rice" or "rice load" in Japanese.Inari (also known as Oinari) is the Japanese kami (spirit) of foxes, of fertility, rice, tea and Sake, of agriculture and industry, of general prosperity and worldly success, and one of the principal kami of Shinto. In earlier Japan, Inari was also the patron of swordsmiths and merchants. Represented as male, female, and/or androgynous, Inari is sometimes seen as a collective of three or five individual kami. Inari appears to have been worshipped since the founding of a shrine at Inari Mountain in 711 AD, although some scholars believe that worship started in the late 5th century. Inari is a popular figure in both Shinto and Buddhist beliefs in Japan. More than one-third (32,000) of the Shinto shrines in Japan are dedicated to Inari.