Encyclopedia of Shinto Kokugakuin University
 main menu
  »New EOS site



  »Guide to Usage

  »Contributors & Translators


  »Movies List

Home » 2. Kami (Deities) » Kami in Classic Texts
Hezakaru, Hetsunagisabiko, Hetsukahibera
[Hezakaru no kami.Hetsunagisabiko no kami.Hetsukahibera no kami] (Kojiki)
According to Kojiki, three kami which came into existence when Izanagi threw down armbands (bracelets decorated with pearls and jewels) from his right arm in preparation for purification after his return from the underworld of Yomi. The prefix he (beach or shoreline) contrasts to the oki (offing) prefix of the names of the kami produced from his left armbands. Other elements of the name include bera (hera) meaning "border," and nagisa, believed to mean "by the breaking waves," each a suggestion that Izanagi's pollution (kegare) was to be banished beyond the sea. (Also see Okizakaru, Okitsunagisabiko, Okitsukahibera.)

-Yumiyama Tatsuya
"Establishment of a National Learning Institute for the Dissemination of Research on Shinto and Japanese Culture"
4-10-28 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-8440, Japan
URL http://21coe.kokugakuin.ac.jp/
Copyright ©2002-2006 Kokugakuin University. All rights reserved.
Ver. 1.3