The Shinto Creation Myth

The Shinto Creation  Myth

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  • in the beginning there were two gods- Izanagi and his wife, Izanami- who were asked by the spirits to create a new land.
  • Create a new land!
  • they were given a spear, which they plunged into the ocean.
  • As they pulled  the spear from the ocean, drops fell from the tip forming the first Japanese Island.
  • Izanagi and Izanami settled on the first island and gave birth to all of the islands that now form Japan. they also gave birth to a range of different gods to inhabit each of these islands, such as the gods of the trees, wind, river and mountains.
  • While giving birth to the god of fire, Izanami died. Izanagi followed her to the land of the dead, to bring her back but she refused.
  • Let me bring you back!
  • I refuse
  • He returned home, but by doing so brought many impurities back to earth with him. These Impurities cause human wrongdoing and suffering.
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