Kuninotokotachi

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In Japanese mythology, Kuninotokotachi (国之常立神?, Kuninotokotachi-no-Kami, in Kojiki) (国常立尊?, Kuninotokotachi-no-Mikoto, in Nihonshoki) 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 the first of the first three divinities born after Heaven and Earth were born out of chaos,[2] and is born from something looking like a reed-shoot growing between heaven and earth.[3] He is known by mythology to reside on top of Mount Fuji (富士山).

Kuninotokotachi is described as a hitorigami and genderless in Kojiki, but is described as a male god in Nihon Shoki.

Yoshida Kanetomo, the founder of the Yoshida Shintō sect, identified Kuninotokotachi 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. ^ In the Kojiki to the contrary, he is born just after the five Kotoamatsukami and as the first kimi of Kamiyonanayo.
  3. ^ 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)

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