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Ajisukitakahikone

  Other names: Ajishikitakahiko no kami, Ajishikitakahikone no kami Also known as Kamo no ōmikami; the offspring of the land-founding deity Ōkuninushi no kami, and Tagiribime no mikoto (one of the three goddesses of Munakata, daughters of Susanoo). Both Kojiki and Nihongi report that Aj...

Akaruhime

  Other names: Himekoso no kami (Nihongi)According to the Suinin Tennōki, called Himekoso no yashiro no kami (deity of the Himekoso shrine), and wife of Amenohiboko. According to the Kojiki account, a woman of low rank in the Korean kingdom of Silla was impregnated by a ray of sunlight and gave ...

Akiguinoushi

  A kami produced when Izanagi threw down an item of personal clothing. According to an "alternate writing" describing this incident in Nihongi, the deity was created from the formal trousers (mihakama) that Izanagi discarded as he left his deceased wife Izanami at the Even Pass of Yomi. Izanagi then...

Amaterasu

  Other names: Hi no kami (Kojiki, Nihongi), Amaterasu Ōhirumeno mikoto (or muchi), Tsukisakakiitsu no mitama Amazakarumukatsuhime no mikoto (Nihongi) "Kami of the Sun," first of the "three noble children" produced by Izanagi, and highest of all kami entrusted with rule over the Plain of High He...

Amatsukunitama

  Sire of Amewakahiko, who learned of his son's death by hearing the wailing voice of Shitateruhime (Amewakahiko's consort) carried on the wind. Together with Amewakahiko's family, Amatsukunitama descended to Japan (Ashihara no Nakatsukuni or "Central Land of Reed Plains"), where he built a mourning ...

Amatsumara

  Other names: Amenomahitotsu no kami (Kogo shūi)A kami of ironworking (kajishin). Kojiki states that as the blacksmith of the Plain of High Heaven, Amatsumara was called upon to refine the iron used for making mirrors, using the "hard rocks of heaven" and the "metal mountain of heaven" located ...

Amenoakarutama

  Other names: Ama no akarutama, Toyotama (Nihongi), Tama no oya (Kojiki), Kushiakarutama no kami, Haakaru tama, Tamanoya no mikoto (Nihongi).According to Kojiki and an "alternate writing" transmitted by Nihongi, Amenoakarutama was commanded to fabricate the carved stones (tama) hung on the decoratio...

Amenofuyukinu, Amenofukine

  Fifth generation descendants (or descendant; the two are frequently considered identical) of Susanoo. Kojiki relates that the Amenofuyukinu married Sashikuniwakahime and sired Ōkuninushi. According to Nihongi, he was ordered by Susanoo to deliver the sword Kusanagi no tsurugi to the Plain of H...

Amenohiwashi

  Described as the child of Tajikarao, ancestor of the Inbe clan of Awa Province, this deity is said to have planted paper mulberry trees and produced bark-fiber offerings (nigite) from them at the time of Amaterasu's hiding away in the Rock Cave of Heaven, and at the Descent of the Heavenly Grandchi...

Amenohohi

  The second of five male children produced as the result of the trial by pledge (ukei) undertaken by Amaterasu and Susanoo, and known as ancestral kami (sojin) of the clans of Izumo. According to Kojiki, this kami was produced from the monozane ("seed") represented by the jewel-beads decorating ...

Amenoiwatowake

  Other names: Kushiiwamado no kami, Toyoiwamado no kami (Kojiki)Kami of the gateway. According to Kojiki, Amenoiwatowake was, together with the deities Omoikane and Tajikarao, ordered to accompany the Heavenly Grandchild and his companions (Futodama and others composing the "chiefs of the five clans...

Amenokagami

  A kami found only in an "alternate writing" related by Nihongi. No details are provided regarding the kami other than the fact that it is described as the child of Kunitokotachi no mikoto. Whether the kami's name alluded to a relationship to mirrors (kagami) is unknown, but the medieval Gochinza de...

Amenokagoyama

  Other names: Ama no kagoyama(Kuji hongi)Kumano no Takakuraji (Kojiki, Nihongi), Takakuraji no mikoto, Tekurihiko no mikoto(Kuji hongi).A kami which presented the sword Futsu no mitama to the emperor Kamuyamatoiwarebiko (Jinmu Tennō). By this act he helped save Jinmu and his army after they had...

Amenokoyane

  Called an ancestor of the Nakatomi clan, this kami is described in various traditions as the child of Kogotomusuhi (Nihongi) or Kamimusuhi no kami (Kogo shūi), or a third generation descendant of Tsuhayamusuhi no mikoto (Shinsen shōjiroku). At the time of Amaterasu's retreat into the rock...

Amenominakanushi

  Other names: Ame no minakanushi no mikoto(Nihongi)According to certain of the myths relating the unfolding of heaven and earth, Amenominakanushi was the first kami to come into being in the Plain of Heaven as a "solitary kami" (hitorigami), and to hide his presence. Also counted as one of the z!...

Amenoohabari

  Other names: Itsu no ohabari no kami(Kojiki), Ame no iwaya ni sumu kami, Itsu no ohashiri no kami (Nihongi).According to Kojiki, the name of the "ten-span sword" which Izanagi used to kill his offspring, the fire kami Kagutsuchi. From the blood on the sword, yet other deities appeared, including Ta...

Amenooshihi

  One of the kami accompanying the Heavenly Grandchild on his descent from heaven (tenson kōrin). Ancestral kami (sojin) of lineages descending from the Ōtomo and Saeki clans. According to Kogo shūi, Amenooshihi was the child of Takamimusuhi. In Kojiki, he took up arms and accompanied ...

Amenooshihomimi

  Other names: Masakaakatsu kachihayahi ame no oshihomimi no mikoto(Kojiki,Nihongi), Masakaakatsu kachihayahi ame no oshihone no mikoto(Nihongi)One of the male kami produced as a result of the trial by pledge (ukei) performed by Amaterasu and Susanoo. According to both Kojiki and Nihongi, Amaterasu a...

Amenosagume

  A vassal kami to Amewakahiko. In order to question Amewakahiko regarding his delayed return to Heaven, Amaterasu and Takamimusuhi sent a pheasant as observer and messenger. Amenosagume saw the pheasant observing Amewakahiko from a tree outside the gate, and thinking its cry an evil omen, urged Amew...

Amenosazuchi, Kuninosazuchi

  Two kami which came into being from the union of Ōyamatsumi no kami and Nozuchi no kami, which were kami with domain over mountains and plains. Amenosazuchi and Kuninosazuchi were both said to be strong in the power of the "earth" element, with the result that they are called the patron kami o...



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