Jewelled Spear of Heaven
The Jewelled Spear of Heaven
The Spear (Amenonuhoko, 天沼矛 or 天之瓊矛 or 天瓊戈) is noted to have been used by Izanami and Izanagi. Using it they churned up the sea, and the brine which fell from it piled atop one another and created the first land which they called Onogoroshima.12
It is noted that in the Kujiki that Izanami and Izanagi made the Jewelled Spear the central pillar of their house.2
The Mighty Pillar of Heaven
The Pillar (天御柱) is noted to have been upon the island of Onogoroshima after Izanami and Izanagi decended to dwell upon it. This pillar they walked around, pretending to ‘meet’ for the first time before proceeding through secual congress to give birth to the first eight islands of Japan.1
One version of the Nihongi states it was set up on the island by these two spirits once they arrived.2
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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