Tsukitatsufunato

Tsukitatsufunato

  • Affiliation: Shinto
  • Kami of: Travel and Crossroads
  • Family: Izanagi (father)

Tsukitatsufunato

Tsukitatsufunato (衝立船戸神 – Post at the Road Bend) was the first of 12 Shinto kami born from Izanagi removing items from his body after wanting to wash and cleanse himself after visiting Yomi. This kami was formed from his Staff. He is known as a travel kami and kami of the crossroads. This is related in the Kojiki.1

The Nihongi calls them Funadonokami and states they were the first of only five kami born from the clothes of Izanagi. There is also an alternative version where this kami is born much earlier, as soon as Izanagi has reached the Even Pass of Yomi and throws down his staff. This version also gives the kami the alternative name of Kunadonoohoji.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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