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Iwaoshiwakunoko
[Iwaoshiwaku no ko] (Kojiki)
A kunitsukami (earthly kami) that appeared during Jinmu's eastern campaign from Kumano to Yoshino, and became his ally. Both Kojiki and Nihongi describe Iwaoshiwakunoko as having a tail, and as appearing by pushing aside the boulders in order to meet the procession of the offspring of the heavenly kami (tenjin). Both sources call him the ancestor of the Kuzu people of Yoshino.

The Kuzu people were known for their food offerings and performances at the time of rites like the Daijōe (see Daijōsai). Shinsen shōjiroku describes them as cave-dwellers.

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