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Wakahirume
[Wakahirume no mikoto] (Nihongi)
A kami of uncertain identity appearing in an "alternate writing" transmitted in Nihongi's "divine age" chapters. Wakahirume is sometimes identified as the child or younger sister of Amaterasu, or as Amaterasu herself. The name Wakahirume ("young-day-female") suggests a contrast to Ōhirume ("great-day-female"), another name for Amaterasu). According to the alternate Nihongi account, Wakahirume was inside the "sacred weaving hall," weaving clothes for the other heavenly kami, when Susanoo cast a "backwards-flayed piebald colt" into the hall, startling Wakahirume and causing her to fall from the loom and die.

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