japanese-mythology

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  • Jimin as Ningyo

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.


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i.
no girl can survive in fire,
they say
no girl can taste the sun,
they say

(she closes her eyes and keeps her head bowed down
a girl has no words against a man)

ii.
no girl can touch the stars,
they say
no girl can bend the universe to her will,
they say

(she keeps her tongue locked and her teeth clenched
a girl has no need to speak up her mind)

iii.
no girl can have so much power,
they say
no girl can touch the light,
they say

(she bristles and stops, eyes focused
a girl is a goddess if she lets the light rush in)

iv.
Amaterasu smiles -
and the universe crumbles

- Amaterasu | r.m

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30 Days of Mythical Tricksters  → Day 18: Kitsune

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.”

Margaret Atwood

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.

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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.

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Myth Parallels → The Queen of the Gods (pt I)

“she spun herself a crown of gold,
thrones of bones and citadels.
to the deaf stars she screamed:
make me queen or i’ll make you bleed.” —AMBITION | M.J., via @fairytalesques