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Kami in Classic Texts


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Izasawake

  Other names: Izasawake no ōkami no mikoto, Kehi no ōkami(Kojiki), Kehi no ō kami (Nihongi).A kami of Koshi Province (Echizen) with whom then-crown-prince Ōjin exchanged names. Also, the deity of the shrine Kehi Jingū. Legends regarding the deity's origins and those of its a...

Kagutsuchi

  Other names: Kagutsuchi no mikoto, Hinoyagihayao no kami, Hinokagabiko no kami (Kojiki), Ho musuhi (Nihongi).The kami of fire or hi no kami. According to Kojiki and an "alternate writing" transmitted by Nihongi, Izanami suffered mortal burns when giving birth to this kami. Upon Izanami's death, Iza...

Kamimusuhi

  Other names: Kamimusuhi no kami, Kamimusuhi no mioya no kami, Kamimusuhi no mikoto(Kojiki. Nihongi)According to Kojiki, one of the three kami of creation (zōka sanshin), and classed as one of the "separate heavenly kami" (kotoamatsukami). Kamimusuhi came into being after Takamimusuhi as the th...

Kamotaketsunumi

  Principal object of worship (saijin) of the shrine Kamo no Mioya Jinja. According to fragmentary passage from the Yamashiro no kuni fudoki, the kami originally descended to the peak of Takachiho in Hyūga (Kyushu), and acted as guide to emperor Jinmu, stopping in Mount Katsuragi in Yamato, then...

Kamuyamatoiwarebiko

  Other names: Kamuyamato iwarebiko hohodemi no sumera mikoto, Wakamikenu no mikoto, Toyomikenu no mikoto, Sano mikoto, Hatsukuni shirasu sumera mikoto. Names referring to the first legendary emperor Jinmu. The fourth child of Ugayafukiaezu and Tamayorihime (daughter of the sea kami Watatsumi; see al...

Kanayamabiko, Kanayamabime

  According to Kojiki, these kami were produced from the vomit (taguri) emitted by Izanami as she lay dying following the birth of the kami of fire Kagutsuchi. An "alternate writing" relating the same event in Nihongi mentions only the kami Kanayamabiko. Both kami are considered tutelaries of mines, ...

Kawanokami

  Other names: Kahaku(Nihongi)A generic name for kami of rivers and streams. The lineage of this kami is not described in the classics. Nihongi's record of Emperor Nintoku's reign contains an anecdote regarding the offering of human sacrifices (hitobashira) to the river deity called "Lord of the Rive...

Kayanohime

  Other names: Nozuchi no kami(Kojiki), Nozuchi, Itsu no nozuchi(Nihongi)A kami of field and grasses produced by Izanagi and Izanami. According to Nihongi, after giving birth to the land, seas, rivers and mountains, Izanagi and Izanami gave birth to the god of trees Kukunochi, and then the god of gra...

Kogotomusubi

  The father of Amanokoyane, ancestral kami of the Fujiwara clan. According to the "divine-age" records in Sendai kuji hongi, Kogotomusubi was identified as the mikogami (divine offspring) of Ichichimusuhi no mikoto, a kami in the lineage of another kami, Tsuhayamusuhi no mikoto. Based on the theory ...

Konohanasakuyahime

  Other names: Konohana no sakuya hime (Kojiki), Konohana sakuya hime no mikoto(Nihongi), Kamuatatsu hime, Kamu toyoatatsu hime, Kamu atakaashitsu hime (Nihongi)The daughter of Ōyamatsumi (according to the main text of Nihongi, the offspring of Ōyamatsumi and a heavenly kami). Married to Ni...

Kotokatsukunikatsunagasa

  A local kami who greeted the heavenly grandchild Ninigi upon his arrival at Kasasa of Ata no Nagaya (in Kagoshima Prefecture) after his descent from heaven (tenson kōrin). Nihongi states that the kami made a free-will offering of the land to Ninigi. According to a variant "alternate writing" a...

Kotoshironushi

  Other names: Kotoshironushi no mikoto(Nihongi), Yae kotoshironushi no kami (Kojiki) Offspring of the kami Ōkuninushi. As part of the pacification of the "Central Land of Reed Plains" (Ashihara no Nakatsukuni), Takemikazuchi, envoy of the heavenly kami, confronted the earthly kami Ōkuninus...

Kuebiko

  Other names: Yamada no Sohodo (Kojiki)A kami incapable of walking but possessing broad knowledge of things in the world. According to Kojiki, a kami arrived from across the ocean at Cape Miho in Izumo, where the kami Ōkuninushi was residing. Since no one knew the identity of the kami, Ōku...

Kukunochi

  Other names: Ki no kami (Kojiki, Nihongi)The kami of trees, called "spirit of trees" (kodama) in Engishiki. According to Kojiki, Kukunochi was born after Izanagi and Izanami finished giving birth to the land (see kuniumi). Nihongi likewise states that Kukunochi was born after Izanagi and Izanami ha...

Kukurihime

  A kami of mediation and negotiation. According to an account transmitted by Nihongi, following the death of his wife Izanami, Izanagi went to the underworld (Yomi) to retrieve her; breaking the taboo (kinki) against viewing his dead wife, Izanagi was chased back to the visible world, and at the "Ev...

Kumanokusubi

  Other names: Kumano no oshihomi no mikoto, Kumano no oshikuma no mikoto, Kumano no oshisumi no mikoto,Kumano no osumi no mikoto (Nihongi)The fifth of five male and three female offspring produced as a result of the trial by pledge (ukei) undertaken by Amaterasu and Susanoo, produced from the "seeds...

Kunitokotachi

  Other names: Kuni no tokotachi no kami(Kojiki), Kuni no tokotachi no mikoto(Nihongi)One of the first kami to appear in the mythical accounts of the unfolding of heaven and earth. Believed to represent the "foundation of the land," the name originally indicated an abstract being without concrete for...

Kuraokami, Takaokami, Kuramitsuha

  Other names: Kuraokami no kami, Takaokami no kami(Kojiki)Kami produced from the blood that dripped from Izanagi's sword when he killed the kami of fire, Kagutsuchi. When Izanagi's consort Izanami gave birth to the kami of fire, she was burned and died. Enraged and saddened at the loss of his wife, ...

Kushinadahime

  Other names: Kushi inada hime(Nihongi) The daughter of Ashinazuchi and Tenazuchi. About to be devoured by the serpent Yamata no orochi, Kushinadahime was saved by Susanoo in exchange for becoming his wife. Susanoo transformed the girl into a comb and placed her in his hair, then defeated the serpen...

Michinonagachiha

  A kami produced from the belt discarded by Izanagi in preparation for performing ablutions. According to Kojiki, Izanagi cast away the belt as he fled from the polluted underworld of Yomi and arrived at "Awakihara by the Strait of Tachibana in Hyūga of Tsukushi." Nihongi states that he cast aw...



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