the GazettE as japanese deities - Izanagi (いざなぎ, recorded in the Kojiki as 伊邪那岐 and in the Nihon Shoki as 伊弉諾) is a deity born of the seven divine generations in Japanese mythology and Shinto, and his name in the Kojiki is roughly translated to as “he-who-invites” or Izanagi-no-mikoto. He is also known as Izanagi-no-Okami.
Izanagi and Izanami -originally the first male and female god of creation, now became the God of Birth and the Goddess of Death.
Story of Izanagi and Izanami
“Everything was well at first. Together, they created the islands that made up Japan. Then, Izanami gave birth to the fire god Kagutsuchi, and she suffered burns that caused her to fall ill and eventually die.
Her spirit descended to the underworld and Izanagi missed his wife terribly. He decided to make the journey to the underworld and bring her back.
The underworld was dark and he couldn’t see properly. Nevertheless, he heard Izanami and asked her to return with him to the living. Izanami told him to wait until she was ready and not to look at her appearance.
Izanagi agreed at first until he grew impatient. He made a torch with his comb and entered Izanami’s room. When he saw her, he was shocked by her appearance. She was rotting and crawling with maggots, and eight hideous gods of thunder were hanging on to her body. Terrified, Izanagi decided to flee from the underworld.
Izanami was furious and chased after him until the entrance. Izanagi had took a great boulder and rolled it in front of the entrance to the underworld, separating it from the land of the living forever.
The angry Izanami told him from behind the boulder, “Izanagi, for the shame you have caused me, every day I will kill one thousand inhabitants of this world you cherish so much.”
Izanagi replied, “If you do that, I will create one thousand five hundred more people every day.”
And so began the life and death of people on land.”
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ōyashima, the 8 great islands,
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Izanami (given as 伊弉冉尊), meaning “she who invites”, is seen as a Japanese goddess of the Earth, creation, and death. As the former wife of Izanagi, god of the sky, they represent the creation deities that produced the land masses and mythological figures of Japan.
The first gods summoned two divine beings into existence, the male Izanagi and the female Izanami, and charged them with creating the first land. They descended from the bridge of heaven and made their home on the island. They bore six more islands and many deities. However, Izanami died giving birth to the child Kagu-tsuchi, the god of fire.
Izanagi lamented the death of his wife and undertook a journey to Yomi, the underworld. He searched for Izanami and found her. At first, he could not see her for the shadows hid her appearance. He asked her to return with him. Izanami spat out at him, informing her husband that he was too late: she had already eaten the food of the underworld and was now one with the land of the dead. She could no longer return to the living. The news shocked Izanagi, but he refused to leave her in Yomi. While Izanami was sleeping, he took the comb that bound his long hair and set it alight as a torch. Under the sudden burst of light, he saw the horrid form of the once beautiful and graceful Izanami. She was now a rotting form of flesh with maggots and foul creatures running over her ravaged body. Crying out loud, Izanagi could no longer control his fear and started to run, intending to return to the living and abandon his death-ridden wife.
Izanami woke up, shrieking and indignant, and chased after him. She also sent Raijin, the god of thunder, and shikome (foul women) to hunt for Izanagi and bring him back to Yomi. Izanagi burst out of the entrance and pushed a boulder in the mouth of the Yomotsuhirasaka, the cavern that was the entrance of Yomi. Izanami screamed from behind this impenetrable barricade and told Izanagi that if he left her she would destroy a thousand residents of the living everyday. He furiously replied he would give life to a thousand and five hundred.