Amenomikumari

Amenomikumari

Amenomikumari (天之水分神 – Heaven’s Watershed) is mentioned in the Kojiki as a child of Hayaakitsuhime and Hayaakitsuhiko, the Estuary Spirits. They were the fifth of eight born to them with their name representing an estuary’s origin near mountain heights on the landward side near heaven.

Their siblings are Aha Nagi, Awa Nami, Tsuranagi, Tsuranami, Kuninomikumari, Amenokuizamochi and Kuninokuizamochi.1

The Nihongi does not give a name to this deity, simply stating:

Izanagi and Izanami then produced the sea, the rivers, and then the mountains, after the Eightfold Isles.2

The Engi Shiki list many shrines to this spirit and associates them with the water required for rice paddies.1

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.

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