Sokotsutsunoo (Bottom Sail Man – 底筒之男神) is the last of two Shinto kami born from Izanagi bathing at the bottom of the Tachibana River after wanting to cleanse himself of the evils of Yomi. They are one of the three Great kami of Suminoe alongside Nakatsutsuo and Uhatsutsuo.12

These kami are associated with Orion and are invoked in Hymn 26 to gives blessings in voyages to China. Additionally they are said to oversee the land of Silla (after the conquest of Empress Jingu). With the two other kami of Suminoe they are collectively the parents of the kami Utsushihikanasaku.1


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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