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Takehiratori
[Takehiratori no mikoto] (Kojiki)
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 Plains (Ashihara no Nakatsukuni) to help prepare the way for the Descent of the Heavenly Grandchild (tenson kōrin). In Kojiki's account of the trial by pledge, Takehiratori is described as the ancestor of the Provincial Governors of Izumo (Izumo kokuso). In both the Kojiki and Nihongi accounts, Amenohohi is dispatched to the Central Land, but he fails to complete his task and return to the Plain of High Heaven.

The same character, however, appears with the name Amenohinatorito in the Izumo no kuni no miyatsuko kan'yogoto. At the bequest of his father Amenohohi no mikoto, he descended together with Futsunushi in order to pacify the "central land." In the process, he subdued the "rough kami" and convinced Ōnamuchi to retire from the visible world. As a result of this service, both father and child were eulogized for their role in preparing the way for the descent of the imperial grandchild (Ninigi), and thereafter identified as ancestors to the provincial governors of Izumo in their role as advisers to the emperor.

According to the record of emperor Sujin in Nihongi, the kami Takehinateru no mikoto had descended from heaven with divine treasures (shinpō) that were then housed in the Grand Shrine of Izumo. When these treasures were passed to the emperor, internecine conflict arose within the Izumo, Furune and Iiirine branches of the family which acted as custodians of the shrine treasures. Shrines dedicated to this deity can be found at Izumo and Inaba.

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