Takemikazuchinoo

Takemikazuchinoo

Takemikazuchinoo

Takemikazuchinoo (建御雷之男神 – Brave Mighty Thunderbolt Man) is a Shinto Spirit and the last of three Lightning Spirits born from the blood of Kagutsuchi after he was beheaded by the sword Itsunoohabari owned by Izanagi. The blood, caught upon the guard of the sword dripped down onto hallowed boulders forming this Spirit. This is related in the Kojiki and Nihongi.12

He has the alternative names of Takefutsu (建布都神 – Brave Slasher) and Toyofutsu (豊布都神 – Plentiful Slasher) and was worshiped by The Intercessors. The ‘futsu’ element of his name may derive from Korean in which it could mean ‘glowing red.’1

One other version of the Nihongi says he is the son of Mikahayahi.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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