Iwatsutsunoo

Iwatsutsunoo

Iwatsutsunoo

Iwatsutsunoo (石筒之男神 – Stone Mallet Man) is a Shinto kami and the last of three 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

One alternative reading of the nihongi also states he had a sister by the name of Iwatsutsunome, born at the same time as him from Kagutsuchi’s blood.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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