JAPANESE CREATION MYTH

The Japanese creation myth starts like this: Long ago all the elements were mixed together with one germ of life. This germ began to mix things around until the heavier part sank and the lighter went up. A muddy sea that covered the entire earth was created.

Japanese Creation Myt

From this ocean grew a green shoot. It grew and grew until it reached the clouds and there it was transformed into a God.

Soon this God grew lonely and it began to create other Gods. Of all t Gods he created, the last two, Izanagi and Izanami, were the most remarkable. One day as they were walking along they looked down on the ocean and wondered what was beneath it.

And the Japanese creation myth goes on saying that Izanagi thrust his staff into the waters and as he pulled it back up some clumps of mud fell back into the sea. They began to harden and grow until they became the islands of Japan.

The two descended to these islands and began to explore, each going in different directions. They created all kinds of plants. When they met again they decided to marry and have children to inhabit the land. The first child Izanami bore was a girl of radiant beauty. The Gods decided she was too beautiful to live in Japan, so they put her up in the sky and she became the sun. Their second daughter, Tsuki-yami, became the moon and their third and unruly son, Sosano-wo, was sentenced to the sea, where he creates storms.

Later, their first child, Amaterasu, bore a son who became the emperor of Japan and all the emperors since then have claimed descent from him.

And this is the Creation Myth in the Japanese Culture.

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