The deer wandering within temple and shrine precincts in
are sacred messengers of the Kasuga Taisha Shrinefs deity who came to
riding on a white deer.
When a nobleman of the 12th century took his daughter for her first
visit to temples and shrines of
he wrote in his diary as follows: On our way many deer appeared in the
morning darkness. This is a sign from the gods and a good omen. When one
encounters deer, he or she should get out of the carriage and bow to
deer inspired Basho to create a haiku, when he came across a baby deer
born on the very day of the Buddha's Birthday (April 8).
hi ni umareau
on this day was born
a little fawn
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