Nakisawame

Nakisawame

Nakisawame

Nakisawame (Much Wailing Woman1 Kojiki – 泣沢女神, Nihongi – 啼沢女命) is a Shinto Spirit born from the tears of Izanagi in mourning over his wife’s death. She is said to dwell on Kaguyama, at the base of the tree trunks there.12

We find her mentioned in a poem from the man’yōshū (2:202).1

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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