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Suwako Symposium

土着神の頂点

The Highest of Native Gods

洩矢 諏訪子 Moriya Suwako

Suwako Moriya

能力        坤を創造する程度の能力

Ability: Creating earth (kun)

危険度       低

Threat level: Low

人間友好度    中

Human friendship level: Medium

主な活動場所   妖怪の山、間欠泉センターなど

Main place of activity: Youkai Mountain, Geyser Center and so forth

守矢神社に住む謎の神様。八坂神奈子とは対照的で、彼女は余り神社から出てこない。

A mysterious god residing in Moriya shrine. In contrast with Kanako Yasaka, she rarely leaves the shrine.

彼女の種族は神奈子とは異なり八百万の神である。元となる霊は存在せず、純粋な信仰から成り立っている。その為、信仰を完全に失って困るのは神奈子ではなく彼女の方だと思われる。

Unlike Kanako, she is one of the myriad gods. Never having originally been a spirit, she consists of pure faith. Therefore, the one who would suffer upon losing all her faith is her, rather than Kanako.

しかし、信仰集めは神奈子や巫女である東風谷早苗が行っており、彼女が積極的に表に出てくる事は少ない。ただ単に営業ベタなのか、それとも何か理由があるのか、その辺は守矢神社の謎である。

However, Kanako and the Miko, Sanae Kochiya, carry out the duties of gathering faith, and she rarely comes out to actively represent the shrine. Whether it is because she is bad at managing the business or for other reasons seems to be a mystery of Moriya Shrine.

彼女は祟り神を統べる力をもっている。守矢神社が外の世界からやってきた時に、同時に祟り神もやってきているのだ。迷惑なような気もするが、祟り神を操る事が彼女の御利益なので仕方が無い。祟られないようにするには、彼女を信仰するほか無い(*1)。

She has the power to control curse gods. When the Moriya shrine came from the outside world, the curse gods came along with it. It's troublesome but since manipulating curse gods is her blessing, there's nothing we can do. If you don't want to be cursed, you have no choice but to worship her.(*1)

数多の神様と同じく、普段は人型を取る事が多い。しかし神様という特性上、姿形は殆ど意味をなさない。分霊として祀られる際には、蛙の姿を取る事も多く、その際には旅行安全(無事カエル)、金運上昇(すぐカエル)、変貌祈願(見ちガエル)といった御利益があるらしい。

Like most gods, she tends to take a human form. However, a characteristic of gods is that their form is mostly meaningless. When she is divided among several shrines, she often takes the form of a frog, and in those circumstances it seems she can grant blessings of safe travel (return safely), financial upturn (it'll get better), or prayers to change one's appearance (changed beyond recognition).[1]

性格は一見温厚だが、何を考えているのか判りにくい。神奈子とは異なり、呆けた振りをしている分、質が悪いと思われる。

At first glance, her personality seems gentle, but it's difficult to tell what she's thinking. Unlike Kanako, I think the part of her that plays dumb is of poor quality.


能力

Ability

神奈子と共同で地形を変化させたり、地中に穴を開けたりしている。共同と言うが、大地を変化させるのは諏訪子の仕事のようだ。

By cooperating with Kanako she can change the terrain and open sinkholes in the ground. Although I say cooperating, it seems that the terrain shifting is mainly Suwako's doing.

彼女が直接大地を均していると言うよりは、支配下に置く祟り神が行っているらしい。

Rather than directly leveling the terrain, it seems she sends the curse gods under her control.

地形の変化だけで無く、穀物の生える豊かな地にするのも、ぺんぺん草も生えない呪われた地にするのも自由自在である(*2)。

Not only can she change the terrain, she can also freely make the soil more fertile for growing grains, or curse the soil to prevent it from growing even grass.(*2)


祟り神

Curse Gods

彼女が引き連れてきた祟り神の正体は、ミシャグチ様と呼ばれる外の世界の土着神である。土着神とは狭い範囲だけで信仰されている神様である。土地を離れると信仰を失うが、その地限定では広域の神様よりも(仮に最高神クラスだとしてもそれ以上の)力を持つ事は少なくない。

The true identity of the curse gods she took with her are native gods of the outside world called Mishaguji-sama. Native gods are gods that are only worshiped in a narrow region. When they are separated from their land, they lose their faith, but because of this restriction it's not uncommon for them to have more power than wide-ranging (but not the highest class of) gods.

祟り神が土着神である以上、彼女もまた土着神である。土着神が元居た土地を捨てて幻想郷に来るというのは些か不自然の様に思えるが、信仰の薄くなった外の世界で忘れ去られるぐらいなら、新たな地で信仰を集め直す方が良いという事だろうか。

Like the curse gods, Suwako, too is a native god. It seems a little unnatural for a native god to abandon her homeland and come to Gensokyo, but compared to being forgotten in the outside world where faith is thin, it was surely better to recover through gathering faith in a new land.

ちなみに彼女が従える祟り神は、彼女以上に謎多き神である。石で出来た蛇のような姿をしていて、通った後には穀物が生えるが、口の中が赤く輝き、吐き出す息で不毛の大地に変えると言われる。

Incidentally, the curse gods accompanying her are even more mysterious than her. Taking the form of serpents made of stone, grains sprout up wherever they pass, but it is said that inside their mouths is a red radiance, and their breath turns the land barren.


対策

Countermeasures

神奈子より何を考えているのか判らないため、少しだけ用心した方が良いだろう。

Because it is harder to tell what she's thinking than it is for Kanako, it would be best to be just a bit cautious.

ただし、いきなり取って喰われるような事はないと思われる。

However, it's not like she'll suddenly eat you.

蛙の姿と思われる事が多いので勘違いされやすいが、実際は蛙を従える神様では無いので要注意。

Since she often takes the form of a frog she is easily misunderstood, but do especially note that she is not a god that is affiliated with frogs.

「田んぼの蛙がうるさくて眠れないので、どうにかして欲しい」なんてお願いしたりすると、田んぼを不毛の地にされるかも知れない。

If you make a request like "the frogs in the fields are so noisy that I can't sleep, could you do something about it?", she might make your fields barren.

*1 これが信仰の押し売りである。

1: This is the high-pressure selling of faith.

*2 と、脅して信仰を集めるのである。脅しているのは神奈子。

2: By this line of threatening, she gathers faith. The one doing the threatening is Kanako.

Reference

1. ^  These are all puns on the word frog, or "kaeru"

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