Amenohohi

Amenohohi

Amenohohi (Majestic Rice Ears of Heaven) is a son of Amaterasu, he was the second born from the Jewels in Amaterasu’s hair after being chewed and spat out by Susano-o. This is related in the Kojiki and Nihongi.12 The Kojiki also states he had a son by the name of Takehiratori, with Hymn 27 saying Amenohohi sent his son to Japan to subdue the land.1

There is one alternative version in the Nihongi where this deity is birthed from the jewels of Susano-o, who chews and spits them out himself (perhaps in this context this deity is a son then of Susano-o). There is also another version in which Susano-o creates this spirits from his jewels himself by placing them in different parts of his body. For this Spirit it is by placing the jewels in his right hand.2

Yet another version from the Nihongi says he is brought forth from Jewels in his left hand, with his name given here as Ama-no-ho-hi.2

Later in his life he neglects his heaven sent mission, allying himself with Okuninushi.

The Revised Geneologies give many Clans in Izumo as decended from him.1 The Nihongi also lists similar clans, his decendants including the Hashi no Muraji, the Izumo no Omi ‘Leaders of Omi’ and the Musashi no Miyakko (provincial Governors/Local Nobles).2

All branches of the Haji Clan claimed descent from this deity, though through different people. Namely Umashikaraine, Iirine and Nomi no Sukune.3

Footnotes

1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press.
2. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.
3. Borgen, R. (1975) “The Origins of the Sugawara. A History of the Haji Family”. Monumenta Nipponica. Vol.30 No.4 pp.405-422

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