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Yomotsu kotosakanoo

  A kami related in an "alternate writing" transmitted by the Nihongi, and which effected the separation of Izanagi and his deceased consort Izanami in the land of Yomi. Koto-saka means to "sever a relationship." Koto can mean either "word" or "thing," while saka derives from sakaru, to remove or sep...

Yomotsuchimorihito

  "Guardian of the way to the underworld." Appearing in an "alternate writing" transmitted by Nihongi, a kami that acted as go-between when Izanagi fled from the underworld of Yomi and declared himself divorced from Izanami at the Even Pass of Yomi. The kami is usually identified with the Yomido ni s...

Yomotsuhisame

  "Hags of Yomi." While the etymology of this name is unclear, it is believed to refer to loathsome women of the underworld land of Yomi, considered as personifications of the pollutions of death. When Izanagi broke his pledge to his dead spouse Izanami, Izanami sent these kami to chase after him. In...

Yomotsukami

  Kami (singular or plural) ruling over the underworld land of death (Yomi). When Izanagi's consort Izanami died, he visited her in the land of death and asked her to continue helping him perfect the land, which had been left incomplete with her death. Izanami, however, replied that she had already e...

Yomotsushikome

  "Hags of Yomi," considered personifications of the pollution of death. Both Kojiki and Nihongi relate the same mythic elements: when Izanagi broke his promise to Izanami and fled from the underworld land of Yomi, Izanami sent the "eight hags of Yomi" (eight meaning "myriad") to chase after him. Whi...

Yorozuhatahime

  Other names:Ame yorozu Takuhatachihatahime, Takuhatachijihime yorozuhatahime no mikoto, Honotohatahimekochijihime no mikoto (Nihongi).The daughter of Takamimusuhi, and according to an "alternate writing" transmitted by Nihongi, the younger sister of Omoikane. She wed Amenooshihomimi no mikoto, who ...



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