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Shinatsuhiko
[Shinatsuhiko no kami] (Kojiki)
Other names: Shinatobe no mikoto (Nihongi)



According to an "alternate writing" transmitted by Nihongi, Shinatsuhiko was a kami produced at the time Izanagi and Izanami gave birth to the land (kuniumi). As he produced the land of Japan, Izanagi used his breath to dispel the mist covering the country, thereby giving birth to Shinatsuhiko. The name is interpreted variously as meaning "man of long breath" and "man of the place where wind arises," and both Kojiki and Nihongi view him as a kami of wind.

According to Nihongi, Shinatsuhiko was an alternate name for Shinatobe, a female kami, when tobe is considered a variant of the feminine tome. Engishiki's "Norito for the Festival of the Tatsuta Wind Kami" likewise suggests that the two names originally referred to a single pair of male-female kami.

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