Chimata

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Chimata

Chimata

Chimata (道俣神 – Road Fork) was the fifth of 12 Shinto kami born from Izanagi removing items from his body after wanting to wash and cleanse himself after visiting Yomi. This kamiwas formed from his trousers and this is all related in the Kojiki.1

The Nihongi calls this kami Chishiki and states they were the fifth of five born from the clothes of Izanagi. They also were not born from his trousers, but his shoes.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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