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Yaegaki Jinjya - Yaegaki Shrine -
Japan

八重垣神社は松江市の中心より南方の山沿いにある御社である。「早く出雲の八重垣様に、縁の結びが願いたい」という出雲の古い民謡の一節からもわかるとおり、八重垣神社は出雲の縁結びの大神として知られている。八岐大蛇退治で名高い素盞嗚尊と、国の乙女の花と歌われた稲田姫命の御夫婦が主祭神である。 -出雲国神仏霊場 ホームページより-

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