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Met the Gods and held high counsel,. Myriads upon myriads gathered;.

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Then to each high charge was given. On the Goddess of the Sunlight,. Her who fills the sky with radiance,. They bestowed the realm of Heaven.

Japanese mythology - Wikipedia

To her grandchild they delivered. This, the mountain-land Yamato,. This, the land of fairest rice-ears,. His with god-like sway to govern,. Long as heaven and earth endured. From Manyoshiu. Translated by W. Now the eight hundred myriad gods gathered in council in the bed of the Tranquil River of Heaven. By day the Earth Spirits swarm like flies in the fifth month, and by night they raise a clamour like the flames of fire. Wherefore must we send down a deity to quell these unseemly uprisings and restore the Sunny Land of Rice Plains to prosperity and peace.

As he set foot on the shores of the Isle of the Dragon-fly he encountered a beauteous earth spirit, the Princess Shita-teru-hime Princess Nether-Shining. Bewitched by her loveliness, Amewaka wedded the maiden forthwith and remained for eight long years feasting and revelling in the Land of Sunny Rice Plains.

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The Sun Goddess, marvelling greatly at the long tarrying of her heaven-sent messenger, sent the faithful pheasant, Na-naki, to inquire the cause of his silence. I fear its cry bodeth no good. Forthwith Amewaka took his heavenly bow and arrows and shot the pheasant through the heart, so that it died. Upward and onward sped the feathered arrow through leagues of endless sky, till it pierced the highest clouds and fell at the very feet of Bright-Shining Amaterasu, seated upon her throne in the sun.

Behold its feathers are stained with blood; perchance he hath been fighting with the Earthly Deities. Now at this time the Heavenly Prince was sleeping after the feast of first fruits, and the feathered arrow pierced Amewaka to the heart. When she beheld the dead body of her youthful husband Princess Nether-Shining wept long and bitterly. She would not be consoled and the sound of her cries rose to the High Plains of Heaven. Whereupon Ame-no-kuno straightway knew that her son Amewaka was dead, and raised a mighty tempest which upbore the body of the young Prince to the Celestial Realms.

Here they built a great mourning-house and wept and wailed for eight long days and nights with ceaseless lamentation. Sang the mourners:. Alas, the glory of his face No more shall shame the shining day. Unblemished gem of loveliness, Thy light is quenched now for aye! At the same time to the obsequies of the pheasant Na-naki flew myriads of the swift-winged birds of heaven, in endless procession, the wild geese of the river, the storks, the kingfishers, and the eagles, who mourned their slain brother with a great wailing.

Go thou, and may fortune attend thee, that thy dynasty, like the immortal Heaven, may endure for ever!

Whereupon she conferred upon him three divine gifts: the Necklace of Jewels, which her father Izanagi had bestowed upon her at her birth, the Sacred Sword, which Susa-no-wo discovered within the tail of the eight-forked serpent and the Miraculous Mirror whose lustre had lured her from the magic cave, commanding him the whiles:. When Ninigi was about to descend to the Land of Rice Plains, a herald, who had been despatched before to announce his coming, returned saying:. A great light shineth from his mouth and his eyeballs glow like the sun at noonday. Now among all the eight hundred myriad deities of I leaven there was none who durst confront this prodigious giant.

Do thou go and make inquiry.

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So Uzume attired her shapely body in seductive raiment, bared her beauteous breasts, and hied to the Eight Cross-Roads of Heaven. Fearlessly she accosted the formidable monster and with a mocking laugh demanded:. What meanest thou by this unseemly behaviour? The giant, mightily amused by the fearless mien of the playful Goddess, made answer:.

I respectfully beg to pay homage to the grandchild of Amaterasu and to attend upon him as his guide. Let his august highness descend upon the mountain of Takachihi. There I shall await him. Return to thy master, O wondrous-fair Uzume, and convey him this message. Thereupon the august grandchild quitted his Heavenly Rock-Seat, and, thrusting apart the eight-piled clouds of Heaven, clove his way with an awful way-cleaving and descended to earth!

From the Rainbow Bridge of Heaven, Ninigi stepped forth and alighted upon the peak of Takachihi in the isle Tsukushi, where, as had been agreed upon, the Deity-of-the-Field-Paths awaited him. When Ninigi had journeyed throughout his kingdom and had viewed the cloud-soaring mountains and endless primeval forests, the fertile valleys, and smiling sapphire lakes, he chose a fair hill overlooking the Inland Ocean, and.

So content was Ninigi with the faithful services of the Deity-of-the-Field-Paths that he bestowed upon him the beauteous Uzume in wedlock. Thereupon the terrible giant took the merry Goddess to his mountain fastnesses, where they dwell forever in joyance and mirth. Thereafter Ninigi bethought himself of his own lonely and unromantic lot, when on a day as he walked upon the shore, he beheld a maiden of exceeding loveliness. Hastily Ninigi betook himself to her father and implored the hand of the fair Princess. But the monarch of the mountains had an elder daughter, Iha-naga-hime Princess Long-as-the-Rocks , no ill-favoured dame of adamantine heart, unlike unto her sweet-souled sister.

Oho-yama desired that the offspring of Ninigi should, like the rocks, endure eternally and flourish as the blossoms of the trees. Wherefore he gave to Ninigi both of his daughters, clothing each in bright raiment and lading them with costly gifts.

The Main Mythological Tales of Traditional Shinto Religion

But of Princess Long-as-the-Rocks, Ninigi would have nothing, bidding her return to her father. Wherefore is the life of man brief as the bloom of the flowers. Nathless Ninigi and the Princess Tree-Blossom dwelt long time together in peace and happiness, till on a woeful day a sudden cloud shrouded them in deepest gloom. The ardent Summer Wind wooed Princess Tree-Blossom with importunate caresses; and, although he had no cause for jealousy, a madness fell upon Ninigi so that he disowned his sons.

His faithful wife, confident in her innocence, demanded the Ordeal by Fire. Retiring with her children into her dwelling she applied the torch and invoked thus their divine ancestress:. Out of the very flames and into the arms of their father sprang the laughing boys. Thereupon Ninigi, perceiving the princess also untouched by the flames, knew how shamefully he had wronged her, and falling upon his knees besought her forgiveness protesting:.

Once upon a time there dwelt upon the isle of Tsukushi a lad called Ho-wori Prince Fire-Fade , the son of Ninigi, Heaven-descended grandchild of Amaterasu. One day Ho-deri, weary with waiting for the wind to abate and the sea to calm, thus challenged Ho-wori:. Lend me, I pray thee, thy miraculous bow and arrows, that I may become a hunter.


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In return I will give thee my magic fish-hook. So Ho-wori consented and did as Ho-deri bade him. But the elder brother, skilled as he was in luring the denizens of the deep, was but a sorry huntsman. After an arduous day he returned weary and empty-handed. He accordingly gave back to Ho-wori his bow and arrows, saying:. Restore thou my magic fishhook!

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No fish have I caught, and moreover I have lost thy worthless fish-hook. Prince Fine-Flame flashed with indignation, and threateningly demanded his lost talisman. His brother generously offered to replace the missing fish-hook by a new one, but Ho-deri scornfully refused his proffered gift. Ho-wori then took his sword, and, breaking it into a thousand pieces, forged from it a myriad fish-hooks, which he piled in a great heap and presented to Ho-deri. But even this did not appease Prince Fire-Flame, who retorted:. Were they numberless as the beasts of the sea would I none of them!

Now Prince Fire-Fade, grieving because of the resentment of his brother, went down one day to the jade-green sea. While he stood sighing and lamenting upon the shore, of a sudden appeared to him Shiko-tsutsu the Old Man of the Sea. Now when he had passed the bounds of ocean, the basket burst its fragile seams and began to sink.

Down it fell through endless depths of seaweed forests till it descended in the courtyard of a great castle, the abode of Wata-tsumi God of the Ocean. Before its gate stood a well, and above the well grew a wide-spreading cassia-tree. Ho-wori climbed into its tangled branches, and watched the myriad glittering fishes glide through its fantastic foliage. As he gazed upon the brilliant scene, he perceived a maiden bearing a golden bowl approaching the well. Ho-wori stood spellbound by hen wondrous beauty.

As she stooped over the well, to draw water, of a sudden she saw the face of Prince Fine-Fade reflected therein. Whereupon she let fall her golden bowl and ran trembling to her father. Wata-tsumi, the Sea-God, went forth, and calling Ho-wori, cried:. Leading Ho-wori through his stately palace he seated him upon a throne cushioned eightfold with the skins of sea-lions.

Before him, upon a table of coral, he set a sumptuous banquet, served on plates of pearl. They sipped rare ocean-sake from silvery shells, while fiddler crabs discoursed sweet music on the golden strand. They confided their joyous secret to the Sea-God who gave them his fatherly blessing, whereupon they plighted their troth anew and exchanged nuptial cups of the sweet ocean-sake. Thereafter Prince Fire-Fade related to the Sea-God the tale of the lost fish-hook, and Wata-tsumi summoned before him all the fishes of his kingdom. Wata-tsumi then despatched a fleet-finned swordfish to summon the Red Woman to their council.