Japanese Creation Story

Japanese Creation Story

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  • Before there was heaven and earth, there was darkness. In the midst of this darkness was a swirling mass in the shape of an enormous egg, containing all things.
  • IN and YO were opposites, but one could not exist without the other. IN is the female and YO is the male. From this separation, the first beings appeared. They were Izanagi “Male who Invites” and Izanami, “Female who Invites”.
  • Izanagi threw a jeweled-tipped spear into the waters.  As he drew it up again, the drops of water made the island of  Onogoro-jima, which means “Spontaneously Created Island”. The two gods descended to live and build the island together after getting married.
  • Izanami explained that, as the IN force, there was a part of her body which was empty. Izanagi replied as the YO force, that there was a part of his body which was too much; therefore they completed each other and became one as husband and wife.
  • Too Empty
  • Too much
  • Their first child was the island of Ahaji. They produced six more islands and declared it the Great Eight Island Country, or Japan.
  • Izanagi and Izanami were very happy together for many years. Izanami’s last child would be the god a fire. Izanami would be burned to death while giving birth to this god. She would be taken to Yomi, the underworld.
  • Izanami gave birth to the sun goddess, who was so radiant that she was sent to rule in heaven. She was called Ohohiro-me no muchi. Their next child was to be her spouse, the moon. He was called Tsukuyomi no Mikoto and was sent to rule in heaven at her side.
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