Empress Jingu

Empress Jingu
Empress Jingu by, Utagawa Kunisada.

Empress Jingu

Empress Jingu (神功天皇) also known as Jingu Kogo (神功皇后) (c.201-269AD1) was the mother of the fifteenth Emperor Ojin. 

Though holding the title of Empress she is not enrolled on the official list of monarchs.

She is known as a warrior heroin, a successful general and clever diplomat, even going into battle in an advanced state of pregnancy. During her life, she functioned as a Shaman and Priestess and as Ojin’s guardian she may have acted as acting Regent for a time.2

During her reign she carried out conquests against the lands of Silla, with the Shinto Spirits Nakatsutsuo, Uhatsutuso and Sokotsutso watching over this land after her exploits there.3


1. Tsurumi, P. (1981) “Early Female Emperors” Historical Reflections Vol.8 No.1 pp.41-49.
2. Martin, P. (1997) ”The Chrysanthemum Throne”. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited.
3. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press.

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