If you go along the old Nikko Kaido road from Minamisenju Station, you will soon arrive at Susanoo Jinja Shrine. The shrine is dedicated to Susanoo-Ookami and Asuka-Ookami. Asuka-Ookami is the son of Okuninushi and according to the Chronicles of Japan, Okuninushi is the son of Susanoo-Ookami. So we can say that this shrine enshrines both grandfather and grandson.
I wondered where the god Okuninushi went if the shrine enshrines Susanoo-Ookami (the grandfather) and Asuka-Ookami (the grandson). Although the current deities are Susanoo-Ookami and Asuka-Ookami, the original deities were Gozutenno and Asukagongen. After the Meiji Restoration, the name of the deity was changed from Gozutenno to Susanoo-Ookami and Asukagongen to Asuka-Ookami during the movement to abolish Buddhism.
Gozutenno and Susanoo-Ookami and Asukagongen and Asuka-Ookami are indeed the same god, but they are different gods at the same time. Susanoo-Ookami 's descendant is Asuka-Ookami, but Asuka-Gongen is not a descendant of Gozutenno. The question as to where the deity that connects the two deities has gone is misplaced. In other words, the name of the deity has been changed to another deity, which makes it seem as if there is an attribute of blood relationship between a grandfather and a grandson, which had not been recognized until then.
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