Kumanokusubi (Wonder Worker of Bear Moors) is a son of Amaterasu, he was the fifth and final born from the Jewels in Amaterasu’s hair after being chewed and spat out by Susano-o. This is related in the Kojiki and Nihongi.12

There is one alternative version in the Nihongi where this deity is birthed from the jewels of Susano-o, who chews and spits them out himself (perhaps in this context this deity is a son then of Susano-o). There is also another version in which Susano-o creates this spirits from his jewels himself by placing them in different parts of his body. For this Spirit it is by placing the jewels on his left leg.2

The Gazetters mention there was a shrine to him in Izumo. He is also mentioned in Hymn 27, where he is mentioned in a blessing uttered at court by royal representatives.1


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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