Kunitokotachi

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In Japanese mythology, Kunitokotachi (国之常立神 in Kojiki, 国常立尊 in Nihonshoki; Kunitokotachi-no-Kami or Kuninotokotachi-no-Kami?) is one of the two gods born from "something like a reed that arose from the soil" [1] when the earth was chaotic. In the Nihon Shoki, he is named "Kuni-toko-tachi no mikoto" and is the first of the first three divinities born after heaven and earth were born out of chaos, and is born from something looking like a reed-shoot growing between heaven and earth. [2]

Kunitokotachi is described as a hitorigami and genderless in Kojiki while as a male god in Nihon Shoki.

Yoshida Kanetomo, the founder of the Yoshida Shintō sect, identified Kunitokotachi with Amenominakanushi and regarded him as the primordial god of the Universe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Masaki Tsugita, Kojiki, 1977, ISBN 4-06-158207-0
  2. ^ Nihongi - Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to A.D. 697 (tr. from the original Chinese and Japanese by W.G. Aston, Charles E. Tuttle Cy. 1990)