「古事記・国と神々の誕生/The Kojiki – The Beginning」
古事記・国と神々の誕生/The Kojiki – The Beginning
This story took place a long, long time ago.
The world was just beginning.
Then, the world divided into two.
The land above the sky and the land below the sky.
In the land above the sky, the first three gods appeared.
At that time, the land below the sky was still soft and unshaped like a jellyfish.
There, two gods were born, then, many more.
A male god called Izanaki and a female god called Izanami were among them.
The other gods told Izanaki and Izanami to make the land below the sky into something wonderful.
They gave the two gods a beautiful spear.
Izanaki and Izanami took the spear and put it into the ocean that held the soft unshaped land.
They mixed the water and land around and around.
When they took the spear out, some of the water dripped down and created an island called Onogoro.
Izanaki and Izanami went down onto the island got married and made many more islands.
First came Awaji island, then Shikoku, Oki, Kyushu, Iki, Tsushima, Sado, and Honsyu were next.
This is how the eight islands of Japan were created.
After Izanaki and Izanami created the islands, they started to make many gods.
Together, they created the gods of houses, water, winds, and many more.
The two made 35 gods in total.
The last god was the god of fire.
But then, something bad happened.
Izanami died because she was badly burned while bringing the fire god into this world.
Izanaki cried and cried because his wife was now gone.
“Oh, why did you die, my dearest wife.”
Izanaki buried his wife in the mountains and looked at fire god with anger.
“You killed my wife.”
He pulled out of his sword and killed the fire god by cutting off his head.
The fire god’s blood run down the sword and crated 16 new gods.
This is the reason why swords are believed to have special powers today.
Izanaki wanted to see his wife again very much but his wife was now in a place where dead people were, the land of Yomi.
Izanaki couldn’t give her up so he decided to go to the land of Yomi and bring Izamnami back with him.