Ōtonobe

Ōtonobe

Ōtonobe (大斗乃弁神, Great Entry Mistress) was the sister and wife of Ōtonoji. She with her brother were the 5th Generation of Shinto Deities. The element to in their name could refer to the guardian spirit of village alleyways or the genitalia.1

The Nihongi also agrees they were the 5th Generation of Spirits, however gives her the name Oho-to-mahe.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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