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Suseribime

  The daughter of Susanoo and the principal wife of Ōnamuchi. Ōnamuchi visited Susanoo in the underworld land of Ne no katasukuni (see Ne no kuni) and there met Suseribime, but Susanoo presented Ōnamuchi with numerous trials before he would permit the two to be married. Aided by Suseri...

Tagitsuhime

  One of the three female kami produced as a result of the trial by oath (ukei) between Amaterasu and Susanoo. As her part of the test, Amaterasu took Susanoo's sword and broke it in many pieces, rinsing the fragments in the True Well of Heaven, then chewing up and spewing out the results. Tagitsuhim...

Tagorihime

  Other names: Tagirihime no mikoto(Kojiki) One of three female kami produced as a result of the trial by pledge (ukei) between Amaterasu and Susanoo. The three became known as the "three goddesses of Munakata" as a result of their enshrinement and worship at the shrine Munakata Taisha by the Munakat...

Tajikarao

  Other names: Tajikarao no kami(Nihongi)A kami whose name means "heaven-hand-power." In the mythic episode of the "rock cave of heaven," the kami Omoikane proposed a plan to lure Amaterasu from the rock cave. According to the plan, the birds naganakidori were gathered and made to call out, norito li...

Takamimusuhi

  Other names: Takamimusuhi no mikoto(Nihongi),Takagi no kami (Kojiki)A central kami included in Kojiki's "three kami of creation" (zōka sanshin), and one of the five "separate heavenly kami" (kotoamatsukami). A solitary kami that comes into being after Amenominakanushi, and then "hides away," T...

Takehiratori

  Other names: Takehinatori no mikoto, Takehinateru (Nihongi), Ame no hinatori (Nihongi)The child of Amenohohi, second of five male kami that came into being as products of the "trial by pledge" (ukei) undertaken by Amaterasu and Susanoo. Amenohohi was later dispatched to the Central Land of Reed Pla...

Takemikazuchi

  A kami produced from the blood adhering to the sword when Izanagi killed the fire kami Kagutsuchi. Together with Amanotorifune (Kojiki) or Futsunushi no kami (Nihongi), Takemikazuchi descended to the land of Izumo and entreated Ōkuninushi to transfer the land (kuniyuzuri) to the heavenly kami....

Tamayoribime

  Other names: Tamayorihime no mikoto(Nihongi) The daughter of Watatsumi and younger sister of Toyotamabime. Tamayoribime raised her elder sister's child, the kami Ugayafukiaezu, and later became his consort, giving birth to four sons, including Itsuse no mikoto, Inahi no mikoto, Mikenu no mikoto, an...

Tamayorihime

  Tamayorihime (or –bime) is a common noun meaning a divine bride, in other words, a woman who cohabits with a kami and gives birth to his child. Specifically, the daughter of Kamo Taketsunumi and Kamuikakoyahime, and the mother of Kamo Wakeikazuchi no mikoto, who was sired by Honoikazuchi. One...

Taokihooi

  Ancestral kami (sojin) of the Inbe clan. A kami related to the manufacture of shrine structures and implements. According to Kogo shūi, Taokihooi was ancestor of the Inbe of Sanuki (present-day Kagawa Prefecture). Together with Hikosashiri no mikoto, he was directed by Futodama (offspring of T...

Tokihakashi

  Other names: Tokiokashi no kami(Kojiki)A kami appearing only in Kojiki, described as coming into being from one of the objects thrown down by Izanagi as he performed purification (misogi). After escaping from the underworld of Yomi, Izanagi arrived at "Awakihara by the Strait of Tachibana in Hy$...

Torinoiwakusufune

  Other names: Ama no torifune no kami(Kojiki, Nihongi) A kami of ships, produced by Izanagi and Izanami as part of their giving birth to various kami (kamiumi). According to Nihongi, the kami Torinoiwakusufune was produced as a boat for the kami Hiruko, who was to be abandoned. In Kojiki, Torinoiwak...

Toyokumonu

  Other names: Toyo kumu nu no mikoto, Toyokuinu no mikoto, Toyokoushinu no mikoto, Ukifu no toyokai no mikoto, Toyokuninushi no mikoto(Nihongi) One of the "seven generations of the age of the kami (kamiyo) as recounted by Kojiki. According to the main text of Nihongi, one of the three "solitary kami...

Toyotamabime

  Daughter of the sea kami Watatsumi, Toyotamabime was the consort of Hohodemi and mother of Ugayafukiaezu. Detailed accounts of her marriage and motherhood are provided by both Kojiki and Nihongi. When Hohodemi visited Watatsumi's undersea palace, Toyotamabime met him and, entranced by his appearanc...

Toyoukehime

  The offspring of Wakumusuhi, whom Izanami bore as she lay dying after giving birth to the fire kami, Kagutsuchi. The Kojiki account describes Toyoukehime as one of the kami assigned by Amaterasu to accompany Ninigi upon his descent, together with the mirror (kagami) that served as Amaterasu's spiri...

Tsukuyomi

  Other names: Tsuki no kami (Nihongi), Tsukiyomi no mikoto, Tsukiyumi no mikoto (Nihongi). The second of Izanagi and Izanami's "three noble children," and usually considered a male kami with rule over the night. The name tsuku-yomi is thought to be originally related to the lunar calendar, and refer...

Udanosumisaka

  A kami offered worship in the era of legendary Emperor Sujin. The name Uda no Sumisaka referred to the place-name Sumisaka in Uda District of Yamato Province. As recounted by Nihongi and Kojiki, a great epidemic occurred in the ninth year of Sujin's reign, resulting in numerous deaths. The emperor ...

Ugayafukiaezu

  Other names: Hikonagisatake ugayafukiaezu no mikoto(Kojiki) The son of Hohodemi (Ninigi's son) and Toyotamabime (Watatsumi's daughter); the father of Emperor Jinmu. Ugayafukiaezu's name ("cormorant-rush-thatching-unfinished") is associated with the events of his birth; according to an "alternate wr...

Uijini, Suijini

  Other name: Uijine no mikoto, Suijine no mikoto(Nihongi)According to Kojiki, a pair of deities forming the third of the first seven generations of kami; (the fourth generation according to the main text of Nihongi). The most widely accepted interpretation of these kami names suggests that they ...

Ukanomitama

  Other names: Uka no mitama no mikoto(Nihongi)A kami of foodstuffs, thought to refer specifically to the spirit of rice. Kojiki describes the kami as the offspring of Susanoo, while Nihongi states that it was the offspring of the two kami Izanagi and Izanami. The Engishiki's comments on the Ōto...



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