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11 Yamato and the Three Regalia

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Yamato and the Three Regalia February 19, 2008 Personal names of rulers and gods are written in Japanese o Translations phrased in archaic English Izanagi and Izanami created islands of Japan and gods o God of the Sun: Their daughter; Amaterasu Ama: heaven; terasu: to shine Heaven shining deity Leading deity of Yamato clan Stands for kindness in nature and fertility Sun has tender characteristics Strong difference b/w Chinese deities Yin yang; sun is male o Moon god: not as important as sun god; male counterpart  o Susa-no-o: younger brother that makes life miserable to sun god (sister) Stands for cruelty in nature and lack of fertility, death, destruction Storm/thunder god Unable to control his emotions Banished to underworld Has offspring along with sister (not with) Sister breaks saber sword of brother into 3 parts Wash pieces, crunches them in  mouth Blows them out --> daughters Susa-no-o takes sister's jewels Crunches them, blows them out  becomes 5 males deities Offspring of sun and thunder god Jewels --> seeds Washed, soak, crunched (?) Process for making seeds better for planting
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