Iwasaku

Iwasaku

Iwasaku

Iwasaku (石折神 – Boulder Splitter) is a Shinto kami and the first of three kami born from the blood of Kagutsuchi after he was beheaded by the sword Itsunoohabari owned by Izanagi. The blood, caught upon the swords tip dripped down onto hallowed boulders forming this kami. This is related in the Kojiki and Nihongi.12

The name represents the power of a sword or lightning.1

In the Nihongi he is additionally stated to have been the father of the kami Futsunushi.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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