Ōtonoji

Ōtonoji

Ōtonoji (意富斗能地神, Great Entry Elder) was the brother and husband of Ōtonobe. He with his sister 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 him the name Oho-to-no-chi.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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