I first learned of the wild, roaming deer of Nara Park from a blog post by Stephanie at Twenty-Something Travel.
According to local folklore, deer from this area were considered sacred due to a visit from one of the four gods of Kasuga Shrine, Takenomikazuchi-no-mikoto. He was said to have been invited from Kashima, Ibaraki, and appeared on Mt. Mikasa-yama riding a white deer. From that point, the deer were considered divine and sacred by both Kasuga Shrine and K?fuku-ji. — Wikipedia
Thankfully, neither of us had any rough encounters with biting, kicking, head-butting deer!
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