Shinatsuhiko

Shinatsuhiko

Shinatsuhiko

Shinatsuhiko (志那都比古神 – Long Blowing Lad) is the Spirit of the Winds, born after the children of Hayaakitsuhime and Hayakitsuhiko. He was created by Izanami and Izanagi which is all related in the Kojiki.

He is mentioned in prayers where he blows defilement into the Underworld as well as being likened to a mighty pillar which joins earth to heaven.1

In the Nihongi he is also given the additional name of Shinatohe. In the Nihongi version he is created by Izanagi after he and his wife had finished created the Eightfold Isles. Izanagi blows his breath to clear away the fog sitting upon the land which ‘shed a perfume everywhere,’ this Spirit forming from his breath.2

Norito prayer (No.4) gives this spirit an allusion to being a mighty pillar which links heaven and earth together. Prayer 10 says he can blow defilement into the Underworld.1

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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