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Izagani killed Izanami, she descended to the underworld to
decompose, Izagani followed her and disobeyed her order not
to gaze upon her. In anger, Izanami threatened to kill a
thousand people a day.
thousand Izagani said he would create fifteen hundred new people each
day, then he left the underworld. This confirms the power of
life over death.
Izagani washed himself to be rid of the demons of the
underworld. In so doing, he created the 3 chief Shinto gods:
Amaterasu: sun and food goddess (from his left eye).
Tsuki-Yomi: moon god (from his right eye).
Susanowo: god of storms and seas (from his nose).
Tsuki-Yomi became disgusted at Amaterasu for making him a
meal from her mouth and nose. Tsuki-Yomi hurt her and was
banished from her sight.
Thus Amaterasu and Tsuki-Yomi have forever lived apart,
making night always follow day.
making Amaterasu is the source of all life-giving power, order,
Susanowo, her rebellious, destructive brother, rules
over the worlds of demons, magic, and astrology.
Amaterasu’s grandson, Ninigi, descended to the earth
and took power in Japan with the sacred sword,
mirror and jewels.
Ninigi’s great-grandson, Jimmu, became the first
emperor of Japan, using the...
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