amaterasu is a part of the japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the shinto religion. she is seen as the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe. the meaning of her whole name, amaterasu-ōmikami, is “the great august kami (god) who shines in the heaven”.
Ningyo (人魚, “human fish”, often translated as “mermaid”) is a fish-like creature from Japanese folklore. Anciently, it was described with a monkey’s mouth with small teeth like a fish’s, shining golden scales, and a quiet voice like a skylark or a flute.
Ningyo (人魚,often translated as “mermaid”) is a fish-like creature from Japanese folklore.Anciently, it was described with shining golden scales, and a quiet voice like a skylark or a flute. Its flesh is pleasant-tasting, and anyone who eats it will attain remarkable longevity. However, catching a ningyo was believed to bring storms and misfortune, so fishermen who caught these creatures were said to throw them back into the sea. A ningyo washed onto the beach was an omen of war or calamity.
The red fox crosses the ice intent on none of my business. It’s winter and slim pickings.
I stand in the bushy cemetery, pretending to watch birds, but really watching the fox who could care less. She pauses on the sheer glare of the pond. She knows I’m there, sniffs me in the wind at her shoulder. If I had a gun or dog or a raw heart, she’d smell it. She didn’t get this smart for nothing.
She’s a lean vixen: I can see the ribs, the sly trickster’s eyes, filled with longing and desperation, the skinny feet, adept at lies.
Why encourage the notion of virtuous poverty?
It’s only an excuse for zero charity. Hunger corrupts, and absolute hunger corrupts absolutely, or almost. Of course there are mothers, squeezing their breasts dry, pawning their bodies, shedding teeth for their children, or that’s our fond belief. But remember - Hansel and Gretel were dumped in the forest because their parents were starving. Sauve qui peut. To survive we’d all turn thief
and rascal, or so says the fox, with her coat of an elegant scoundrel, her white knife of a smile, who knows just where she’s going:
to steal something that doesn’t belong to her - some chicken, or one more chance, or other life.”
Unlike many other dragons found through out the world the Chinese Long and the Japanese Ryu are benevolent yet powerful celestial beings. Protectorates, bringers of rain and good fortune their effigies are regularly seen in Buddhist, Shinto and Daoist structures. They are just all around the best of the dragon world in my opinion.
for @hynpos mythological event day 12 Favorite Japanese deity pair/group or myth creature
Amaterasu became the ruler of the sun and the heavens along with her brother, Tsukuyomi, the god of the moon and ruler of the night. Originally, Amaterasu shared the sky with Tsukuyomi, her husband and brother until, out of disgust, he killed the goddess of food, Uke Mochi, when she pulled “food from her rectum, nose, and mouth”. This killing upset Amaterasu causing her to label Tsukuyomi an evil god and split away from him; separating night from day.