Anakashikone

Anakashikone

Anakashikone (阿夜訶志古泥神, Awesome Indeed) was the sister and wife of Omodaru. She with her brother were the 6th Generation of Shinto Deities. Her name refers to the magical powers possessed by a woman’s genitalia.1

The Nihongi agrees she was the 6th Generation of Spirit to come into existence, however it gives several different readings to her name; these being Kashiko-ne, Aya-kashiki-ne, Imi Kashiki, Awo-kashiki-ne, and Aya-kashiki. One version of the Nihongi states that Aya-kashiki-ne is the mother of Izanami and Izanagi. Another version of the Nihongi states she was part of the 3rd Generation of Spirits in a line of only 4 Generations.2

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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