I keep trying to avoid practicing any form of Japanese religion or following any Japanese deity because I think it’ll make someone call me a weeaboo or something but I am being surrounded by symbols of Inari Okami and it’s like I’m being told yes Inari is who you’re supposed to follow…
Yeah, I had that fear too when I first started (well, more specifically about cultural appropriation), but he-and-she was quite insistent. In the end, you have to decide whose opinion matters most to you.
*realization slowly dawns*
Wait….. wait….. are you…. you never actually projected female to me, did you?
-you’re awfully slow-
That’s why you had the hakama…. and that’s why you weren’t so crazy about the ladies kimono I painted you in…
-took you long enough-
And I just didn’t get it?
You’re androgynous… and I’m an idiot.
-Inari laughs hysterically-
Oh gosh yes, this realization would have taken me so much longer if I hadn’t been likewise gender-iffy. Most seem to lean towards female pronouns and representations with Inari (myself included, at one time), and I’ve yet to figure out why this is. I wish I had access to more lore.
I can just hear his-and-her laughter when I read this.
To the Inari worshipers around here on tumblr…
How do you usually go about making offerings and praying to Inari?
I have a hard time being really formal, though I try to be as polite as possible when speaking with Inari in any capacity, it tends to come out as stumbling and awkward, so I walk this strange line between formal and casual speech.
As far as offerings go, I bought a rice maker and a giant bag of rice specifically for making offerings, but I also offer any kind of food, money and things of value (a gold bracelet and precious stones, for example), incense, fire (candles and such), and pretty much anything I can.
Unfortunately (?) thanks to his-and-her blessings I got a demanding job and haven’t been able to find time and energy enough for an involved working/offering for a while… I’m such a lazy pagan! tsk tsk
While Inari can be seen as male, female, both, or neither, I think I prefer using female pronouns when referring to Inari. That is not to say that she is only female but I enjoy thinking of her in such a manner.
I’m bigender myself, so I use the same pronouns I like for myself: him-and-her/he-and-she/etc. It’s a bit awkward and takes time to get used to, but it feels right for me.
However, I have noticed that it seems most devotees seem to prefer female pronouns. I wish I were in contact with more people so I could know for sure! I find it really interesting, in terms of UPG and all that…
I find that pearls and pearl like objects make me think of the jewels that spiritual foxes have, like the ones that serve Inari, and so thus they make me think of Inari so whenever I see something like that, I pick it up and I’ve started adding them to my offering plate. It just feels right. :3
I like that idea!
Did a quick prayer to Inari Okami-Sama last night before gaming. Prayed for luck in game for good drops, quick queues, and competent teammates. No luck on the drops, but quick queues and good groups abound! Apparently my small offering of caramel flavored crunch n munch was deemed acceptable.
That sounds excellent!
Went to Fushimi Inari after classes today. It was really pretty but we only got to climb it like halfway ‘cause it got dark. I wanna go back sometime soon and buy a little stuffed fox and a cellphone strap. There are fox statues all over the grounds and there’s over a thousand torii. They showed it in a scene in Memoirs of a Geisha. The place is ginormous. I really need a whole day to explore the whole thing, but idk if I’ll get the chance. I definitely wanna try to get to the top before dark next time though.
The shrine is named for the goddess Inari, who has an affinity with foxes and whose favorite food is sweet fried tofu. She’s the name sake for foods like inarizushi and why they call kitsune udon kitsune udon.
I’m so jealous of anyone who has the ability to go to Fushimi Inari. I would give a limb just for an ofuda and a fox plush, maybe a torii souvenir, but mostly I just have an overwhelming need to physically go there, maybe do a circumambulation of the mountain. I hope I’m able to make it sometime soon (by which I mean in the next decade)