Kuninomikumari

Kuninomikumari

Kuninomikumari

Kuninomikumari (国之水分神 – Land’s Watershed) is mentioned in the Kojiki as a child of Hayaakitsuhime and Hayaakitsuhiko, the Estuary Spirits. They were the sixth of eight born to them with their name representing a watershed below the mountain which eventually flows to form a river.

Their siblings are Aha Nagi, Awa Nami, Tsuranagi, Tsuranami, Amenomikumari, Amenokuizamochi and Kuninokuizamochi.1

The Nihongi does not give a name to this deity, simply stating:

Izanagi and Izanami then produced the sea, the rivers, and then the mountains, after the Eightfold Isles.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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