Sunday, April 8, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Izanagi

Izanagi is the very god who created the islands of Japan and much of what’s within with his wife Izanami. The sun goddess Amaterasu was born from a tear of Izanagi’s left eye, while Tsukiyomi the moon god was born from a tear from Izanagi’s right eye. The storm god, Susanoo, was however born from Izanagi’s dripping nose.

When younger sister and wife Izanami died during childbirth, Izanagi went to the underworld known as Yomi to retrieve her. Izanami refused to return.
It was after performing a cleansing rite after returning from the underworld that Amaterasu and Tsukiyomi were born from tears and Susanoo born from the dribbling nose.

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