This character means to tie or to join.The Gods of this shrine Susano-o-no-mikoto and Inatahime-mikoto appear in the well-known legend of the slaying of Yamato-orochi, the eight-headed dragon. They are revered as the Gods of en-musubi, or the joining of people through ‘en’, marital harmony, fertility and for expelling calamity and misfortune. In our lives, the connections between all things depend on ‘en’.