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Hear about Amekumabito on Episode 12 of our Podcast, the Japan Archives.


Amekumabito is a Shinto kami mentioned in the nihongi.

She is tasked with going to the body of Ukemochi, by Amaterasu, after Tsukiyomi has killed her.

Upon the body of Ukemochi she finds and brings back from her body ox, horse, millet, silkworm, panic, rice, wheat, large beans and smalls beans. Amaterasu rejoices and takes these declaring them to be what man eat to live. She then plants the rice in the fields of heaven and reels from the silkworm the silk with her tongue, thus beginning the art of silk rearing.1


1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.

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