Ōwatatsumi (大綿津見神 – Great Ocean Majesty) was the eighth of ten Spirits created after Izanami and Izanagi had created the Eightfold Isles and the six subsequent isles, according to the Kojiki. Nothing more is mentioned of him. The Engi Rites state a Shrine was dedicated to him in Suminoe.1

The Nihongi associates him with Sukunabiko and states he was born to Izanami and Izanagi after they had created the Spirit Ukanotama.2


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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