Kujiki

Kujiki

The Kujiki (旧事紀) also known as the Kuijiki (English: Chronicles of Old Matters of Former Ages) is one of the earliest literary chronicles still in existence from Japan compiled in AD620.

Kujiki
A page from the Kujiki.

The text was entrusted to the Soga Clan. However when the house fell in AD645 a large part of it was destroyed. Part of it survived, now called the Kokuki (National Annals). Though whether this is part of the original document we don’t know. The contents contain nothing not also found in Kojiki or Nihongi save for a little extra mythology and a list of governors.

This text notes that Izanami and Izanagi made the Jewelled Spear of Heaven the central pillar of their house.1

Footnotes

1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.

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