(also Hashinau-uk Kamui
or simply Hash-uk Kamui
) is the Ainu kamui
) of the hunt. She protects hunters and guides them to game. She is sometimes called Isosange Mat
) and Kamui Paseguru
Hash-Inau-uk Kamui is depicted as a woman with long hair who wields a bow and arrows, who often carries a child on her back. She is accompanied by, or sometimes appears in the form of, a small bird, which shows hunters the way to game. She is also represented by the aconite
plant, with which Ainu hunters poisoned their arrows.
Hash-Inau-uk Kamui is a deity of great importance to the Ainu, who historically subsisted largely on hunting, fishing, and gathering. She was born from the fire-producing drill, and is sometimes said to be the sister of Kamui Fuchi
, the hearth goddess, or of Shiramba Kamui
, god of vegetation. Hunters worshipped her to assure a successful hunt, and fishermen to ensure a full catch. She is also invoked to aid in childbearing.
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