Old Katsuren Town ② Hamahiga Island
Hamahiga Island is connected to Henza Island which in turn is connected to the main Okinawa Island. Henza, Miyagi, Ikei islands were part of old Yonashiro Town, but Hamahiga was a part of old Katsuren Town.
Hamahiga Island is considered very sacred. Legend has it that the gods, Shirumichu” and “Amamichu” first set foot on Hamahiga and lived in a cave called “Shirumichuu”.
These gods were the first ancient beings of the Ryukyu Islands.
Inside the cave, a sacred rock exist were the gods are enshrined. Not too far is the “tomb of Amamichu” which is the tomb for both Amamichu and Shirumichu. At the beginning of the year, a local female shaman and the villagers come and pray.