Ōgetsuhime (大宣都比売) was one of the four kami of the Land of Groves according to the kojiki, residing in the East part of the island called ‘Awa’. As a female food kami she is reborn throughout the kojiki’s narrative to mimic the growing cycle.
Throught the narrative of the kojiki she is mentioned several times with different ancestory and stories attached to her.
Her longest appearance in the kojiki is when Susano-o asks for her help. He has been fined 1000 tables of food offerings for making his sister flee into the Sacred Rock Cave. She pulls food from her mouth, rear and nose and offers them up to help him. Susanoo-o thinking these items defiled kills her. From her dead body comes several types of food these being:
- Head: Silkworms
- Eyes: Rice
- Nose: Red Beans
- Privates: Barley
- Rear: Soybeans
1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press.
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