Ninigi-no-Mikoto

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Ninigi-no-Mikoto (Japanese: 瓊瓊杵尊), also known as Ame-nigishi-kuni-nigishi-amatsuhiko-hiko-ho-no-ninigi-no-Mikoto (天邇岐志国邇岐志天津日高日子番能邇邇芸命), is in Japanese mythology, the son of Ame no Oshihomimi no Mikoto (天忍穗耳尊) and Takuhadachiji-hime no Mikoto (栲幡千千姫命), and grandson of Amaterasu, who sent him down to earth (Tenson kōrin) to plant rice there. He was the great-grandfather of Emperor Jimmu. His wife was Konohanasakuya-hime.[1]

Amaterasu sent him to pacify Japan by bringing the three celestial gifts used by the Emperor: the sword Kusanagi, the mirror Yata no Kagami, and the jewel Yasakani no Magatama. These three gifts signify that the Emperor is the descendant of Amaterasu herself. The account of Ninigi being sent to earth appears in the Nihon Shoki.

Descendants[edit]

Ninigi had three sons: Hoderi, Hosuseri, Hoori. Part 5 of the Nihon Shoki lists "Hikohohodemi no mikoto" as the fourth child of Ninigi, however, it is known to be an alias of Hoori.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ashkenazi, Michael (2003). "Ninigi-no-Mikoto". Handbook of Japanese mythology. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. p. 222. ISBN 9781576074671.