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Ninigi (瓊瓊杵尊) is stated to have been the grandson of Amaterasu the Sun kami who was attended by a myriad of other kami, including his principle lieutenants who would become the ancestors of many Japanese clans.

Upon his descent to Earth, 80 million kami obeyed a divine decree to obey and serve him. Two of these kami (Ameno Koyane and Ameno Futodama) were given special decrees to aid and protect Ninigi. His descent to Earth was allowed after the previous earthly chieftain Ōkuninushi gave up temporarily his authority over the land.

His mother gave to him before his decent The Sacred Mirror, his son Emperor Jimmu becoming the first Emperor of Japan.1


1. Martin, P. (1997) ”The Chrysanthemum Throne”. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited.

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