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In Japanese mythology, Futsunushi (経津主神, Futsunushi no kami) is a kami of swords, thus his Shinto priests are supposed to always wear Nihontō with them, at least in the shrine. He is a general for Amaterasu. He is enshrined at both the Katori Shrine and the Isonokami Shrine, and as he is seen as a god of martial arts.[1] Katori Shintō-ryū adepts make a solemn oath when they join the school.[2]

Futsunushi is one of the tutelary deities of the Fujiwara clan,[1] and is regarded as a legendary ancestor of the Mononobe clan.[3] He is closely identified with Takemikazuchi.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Allan G. Grapard (14 January 1993). The Protocol of the Gods: A Study of the Kasuga Cult in Japanese History. University of California Press. pp. 39–. ISBN 978-0-520-91036-2.
  2. ^ Yoshio Sugino; Kikue Ito (5 September 2016). TENSHIN SHODEN KATORI SHINTO R. LULU Press. ISBN 978-1-326-77050-1.
  3. ^ Michael I. Como (18 April 2008). Shotoku: Ethnicity, Ritual, and Violence in the Japanese Buddhist Tradition. Oxford University Press. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-19-988496-4.
  4. ^ Namazu-e and Their Themes: An Interpretative Approach to Some Aspects of Japanese Folk Religion. Brill Archive. 1964. pp. 58–. GGKEY:2TUFXDJBJPN.

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