Japanese - A Shinto god of fortune. The deformed son of Izanagi and Izanami. He was so ugly that his parents abandoned him, putting him in a boat which was then cast upon the sea. Others say that the child was born as a jellyfish or a leech (hence the name Leech Child) and was set adrift in a boat. The boat came ashore at Ebisu Shore and the infant grew up bearing the name Ebisu and became the god of fishermen. In some references, referred to as Hiru-ko, Hiro-ko, Hiro-ko, Hirugo, Hirugo, Hiruko, Hiruko, Leech Child, Leech Child, Ebisu, Ebisu or Buddhist Fudo.

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