EP3 Death of a Goddess
Show Notes for EP3 – Death of a Goddess.
Eventually Izanami gives birth to the Fire God – Kagutsuchi. Who, burning her as she gives birth to him, causes her to die.
There, he finds she is decomposing, and disgusted by the sight of her flees. Izanami in her anger sends creatures to pursue him, however, Izanagi manages to flee.
Reaching the Tachibana river where he cleanses himself of the filth of Yomi.
Many of his poems can be found in waka anthologies. With his poem read today coming from the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, and goes as follows:
Kimi ga tame
nagaku mogana to
I always thought
I would give my life
to meet you only once,
but now, having spent a night
with you, I wish that I may
go on living forever.
- Kodansha. (1993) ”Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia”. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.
- Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.
- MacMillan, P. (2018) ”One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse”. St. Ives: Penguin Classics.
- Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.
- Suzuki, H. et al. (1997) ”Genshoku: Ogura Hyakunin Isshu”. Tokyo: Bun’eidō.
- Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press.
Featured Image: Izanami in Yomi from taringa.net
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