Emperor Sujin

Emperor Sujin
Artistic renderring of Emperor Sujin.

Emperor Sujin

Emperor Sujin (崇神天皇) was the tenth Emperor of Japan, stated to have lived until the age of 120 or possibly 168. His posthumous name means ‘honouring the Gods.’

A great pestilence struck during the fifth year of his reign, with half of the population dying. Offering himself to the Gods as punishment he learnt through prophetic dreams and divination they were displeased by being worshipped together. Sujin then set up separate shrines and established families to find hereditary priests to minister these new shrines.

One man by the name of Ikuhi, who lived in Takahashi was appointed as a priest and in thanks and celebration sang a song for Sujin and brought him sake.

After this the pestilence subsided, and so Sujin turned his attention to areas not under the control of Imperial writ, sending a number of campaigns against Barbarian who are said in the Nihongi to have ‘soiled their trousers.’1

It is said during his reign the Spirit Takehiratori provides treasure at the Shrine in Izumo Province.

Footnotes

1. Martin, P. (1997) ”The Chrysanthemum Throne”. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited.

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