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[Hosuseri no mikoto] (Kojiki)
According to Kojiki, Konohana Sakuyahime became pregnant after cohabiting a single night with Ninigi, but Ninigi questioned whether she had actually become pregnant so readily. In anger at Ninigi's suspicions, Sakuyahime built a long parturition hut and entered it; setting fire to the hut, she gave birth amid the flames to three male kami, Hoderi no mikoto (Umisachi), Hosuseri, and Hoori (Yamasachi). The prefix ho is interpreted variously as meaning either "flame" or "heads of grain," while suseri is related to susumu ("to advance"). In short, the name suggests alternately the advance of the flames or the steady growth of heads of rice grain. See also Hosusori.

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