Konohanasakuya-himein Japanese mythology, is the blossom-princess and symbol of delicate earthly life. She is the daughter of the mountain god Ohoyamatsumi.She is often considered an avatar of Japanese life, especially since her symbol is thesakura (cherry blossom). Kono-hana is also the goddess of Mount Fuji and all volcanoes.
She is usually holding a cherry blossom in the left hand and a mirror in the right hand.
Kono-hana is the wife of the god Ninigi no mikoto .
Ninigi-no-Mikoto is, in Japanese mythology, the son of Ame no Oshihomimi no Mikoto (??????) and grandson of Amaterasu \(*-*), who sent him down to earth to plant rice there. His name also appears as Ninigi
Amaterasu sent him to pacify Japan by bringing the three celestial gifts used by the emperor: the sword Kusanagi
to have this sword susanoo had to fight a big snake with eight heads called orochi…. u_u
Konohana sakuya hime and Niniji no mikoto met on the seashore and they fell in love
Kono-hana became pregnant in just one night, causing suspicion in Ninigi. He wondered if this was the child of another kami. Kono-hana was enraged at Ninigi’s accusation and entered a doorless hut, which she then set fire to, declaring that the child would not be hurt if it were truly the offspring of Ninigi ( all to prove her love for him )
So, to me, it is evident that sakura symbolize Sakuya no hime, Sasuke is niniji no mikoto itachi is amateratsu …. and another symbol that prove the parallelysm between sakura and that goddess is this one …..
An iconography of Konohana Sakuya hime upon the fuji which she is the goddes
Very similar to the last image of the team 7 with the sun at the left , the moon at the right side and sakura ( sakuya) at the center between them.
Are there any myths involving crystals, gems, minerals, or rocks that give humans special powers?
What comes to mind are talismans and, in the Philippines, they’re specifically called anting-anting or agimat (agimat being more nature given vs man made and thus holding more power).
If they are mineral, it is often tektite or hematite. Sometimes, they are made of organic material and would often have something that resembles a powerful image imprinted on the surface of, for example, wood.
Although, it is more folklore than myth from what I know because it’s isn’t confined to a single story and it’s still being used in the Philippines today and you can buy them in Quiapo, Manila. There’s an anting-anting for every need and for every budget. This is a visual on the agimat, and this is a visual on the anting-anting.
The anting-anting contain religious/Christian-like imagery since they are also seen as powerful in the Philippines. The iconography of Christian images is indigenized and not always accurate to Christian doctrine— like baby Jesus on the first picture, lower left corner (who is naked and, if examined out of the picture, will have a fully erect penis. Otherwise known as “Santo Niño de Titi)
There are myths and superstitions surrounding a multitude of precious stones, although their influence isn’t usually enough to qualify as “special powers.” Mostly they’re just good for luck under certain circumstances (e.g., marriage, childbirth, travel, etc.) or as a preventative measure (e.g., animal attacks, natural disasters, or evil magic directed at the wearer, particularly the Evil Eye [everyone was terrified of the Evil Eye]).
Most red stones (carnelian, ruby, garnet) were considered protective against diseases or poisoning, either by actually negating the harm or discoloring in the presence of it.
Wearing amethyst protected against drunkenness, jade is still considered extremely lucky in China and Japan, and ruby was laid under foundations to prevent the building from collapsing, and agate could grant invisibility.
Ancient Mayans implanted multiple precious gems in their teeth to allow them to better communicate with the gods while the Shan people of ancient Burma would sew rubies under their skin to protect them in battle.
Curved stones with a hole bored in the larger end, called magatama, feature heavily in early Japanese mythology, although they’re usually used as a trade item.
The main exception to this is the Yasakani no Magatama which is a part of the Imperial Regalia of Japan. It’s used in the enthronement ceremony in combination with a sword and mirror to confer imperial power to the emperor.
Multiple Native American tribes of the American Southwest considered turquoise to be significant. Ojibwe dreamcatchers traditionally contain a spider made of the stone to catch and eat bad dreams. In the Acoma Pueblo creation myth, the Creator taught the people how to make turquoise and shell beads that would make the wearer attractive and beloved. The Apache attached pieces to their bows to improve their accuracy.
It should be remembered that in the ancient world, there wasn’t much of a definition of any kind of stone beyond it’s immediately observable properties (e.g., color and hardness), so a lot of precious stones were lumped together under one name or mistaken for one another.
Also, the meaning of a lot of gem names has gotten more specific over time so while sapphire now refers to the gem quality corundum it used to just be the Latin word for blue. SO if you’re looking for a specific type of stone being significant in the ancient world, you might be out of luck.
As a side-note, diamonds are not historically or mythologically significant in any way. Their association with love and courtship is entirely thanks to marketing efforts by the De Beers cartel to keep demand high. This would also be the same cartel that controls the production and supply of the literal tons of high quality diamonds that have been mined in South Africa so that prices stay high as well.
Tikki gave a magatama to Marinette, which reminded me of one of Japan’s three imperial regalia, the Yasakani no Magatama, which was a gift given to the new emperor by the god Tsukiyomi as a sign of approval,
The jewel also represents “Benevolence”.
I think it’s interesting that Tikki, a Kwami (Quantic Kami) was the one who gave Marinette this gift.
Update: I saw the episode with subs and Tikki calls it Kwagatama so I think I was right xD
So Orochimaru’s name is pretty loaded with references to mythology. I thought I’d make a little description of it to share!
Of course the most obvious one being the legend revolving around all the Sannins’ namesake, the Tales of The Gallant Jiraiya. Orochimaru being the antogonist of this story as well. This is also where the whole Yashagoro thing comes from, as he was one of Jiraiya’s followers who then defected and titled himself Orochimaru after acquiring the ability to transform into a giant serpent.
However, there is more folklore surrounding Orochiamru’s name. His Yamata no Jutsu is a reference to another story. In it, Susanoo saves a princess (whose names means rice field princess) from the god Yamata no Orochi by intoxicating it with sake and then cutting off its head. From the yokai, Susanoo gets three items-
a blade, the Kusanagi no Tsurugi; a mirror, Yata no Kagami; and a jewel, Yasakani no Magatama. Today these are the three sacred regalia in Japan.
Orochimaru’s blade in the anime/manga is the Kusanagi. This one is kinda obvious. The other two items are referenced as well. Within Itachi’s manifestation of Susanoo, there is the Yata Mirror, it is used as a shield. And of course, the magatama are why Orochimaru has his earrings which are a unique part of his character.
When Orochimaru is sealed within Itachi’s Totsuka blade (wielded by his Susanoo) after emerging from the Yamata no Jutsu, it sealed Orochimaru into a genjutsu realm that is described as a constant state of drunken stupor, or a world of drunken dreams. This is likely a reference to how Susanoo slayed the Yamata no Orochi by getting it drunk and slicing off its heads with the Totsuka in the folklore.
One more interesting paralell that can be drawn is the meaning of the princess’ name in this story. She is the rice field princess. The village of Otogakure is founded in the land of rice fields.
On the subject of the Yamata no Orochi, one of the yokai said to serve this god/yokai was the abumi-guchi. A small furry yokai formed from the stirrup of a soldier. This brings to mind Zaku Abumi, one of the first followers of Orochimaru shown in the series.
But wait!There’s more! Switching gears, there are also parallels to Orochimaru and the naga from hinduist, buddhist, and jainist beliefs.
Naga if you don’t know are a race of deities that take the form of snakes, usually king cobras. But they are often depicted as being human from the torso up, and their lower body is that of a snake. Generally, the naga are depicted as “negative” - but in the stories which they take part in they are no more evil than any other characters, sometimes they are even good. But, I won’t be focusing on one where they are good.
The one I’m referencing is the story of Garuda. You may recognize this as the name of Sasuke’s hawk summon. His name is derived from a Hindu god who is the arch nemesis of the naga and Vishnu’s personal mount.
The story of how Garuda came into being is long, but in short a sage had two wives. Kadru and Vinata. The sisters both had vastly different wants for children, Vinata wanted few but strong children, Kadru wanted many. They both had their wishes fulfilled. Kadru laid 1000 eggs which hatched into serpents (the naga) and Vinata had two children Garuda and Surya (or Aruna it depends). The two sisters then made a bet, which Vinata lost. The price of her defeat was she and her offspring must serve the naga as slaves.
Though compliant at first, Garuda grew up detesting the naga overlords. He asked how he could free his mother from her bondage. He was told that he would have to bring the naga an elixir of immortality. Garuda stole it from the gods, but through a ruse he deceived the naga and they only ever got some of its benefits (it caused their forked tongues by licking droplets off of grass blades and this is why snake shed as a type of immortality). From that point forward, Garuda viewed the naga as enemies, and food.
Obviously, Sasuke’s summon being named Garuda is no coincidence. One may also recall what Sasuke said prior to killing Orochimaru, about the snake raising a baby bird never realizing that the snake would be prey all along as the baby bird would grow into a hawk and consume the snake. Also, Orochimaru wanted Sasuke’s body to aid in his achievement of immortality, much like the naga wanted Garuda to get the elixir.
While not the focus, Mitsuki even ties into parts of the Naga stories. As there are two other naga deities who give birth to a son, who is destined to be the savior of the snakes. Mitsuki is considered by some to be a form of redemption for Orochimaru. A redo and repentance for the sins he has committed.
The lake guardians, or lake trio, is a term used to describe the Legendary trio residing in the three lakes of Sinnoh: Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf. They are meant to represent knowledge, emotion, and willpower, respectively. They are based on the Imperial Regalia of Japan: the Yata no Kagami (wisdom), Yasakani no Magatama (benevolence), and Kusanagi (valor). Parts of their names come from fantasy creatures: pixies, sprites and elves, respectively. The other parts of their names come from pronouns: you (Uxie), me (Mesprit), and us (Azelf). According to legend, when Arceus created the universe it created Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf, and therefore is believed to be their master. According to one of Azelf’s Pokédex entries, all three of them were born from the same Egg.
Okay so I don’t usually do these analyses (unless they’re about Yato sweats) but, in sight of the unfairness that ended up being the covenant due to the inability of the Three Sacred Treasures to permanently die, I began brainstorming last night about possible explanations to…
This is just me rambling theories, not even sure if it’s been theorized before. It’s also an excuse to talk about lore and wash my salt over Heavens’ unjust system of laws. If I’m mistaken in anything related to lore, feel free to correct me!
The Imperial Knights of House Yamato rise to defend their world from the enemies of the Imperium and the Adeptus Mechanicus…
I decided to try a samurai theme for my trio of Knights, inspired by the three Imperial Regalia of Japan: the sword (Kusanagi no Tsurugi), the mirror (Yata no Kagami), and the jewel (Yasakani no Magatama). They each guard a segment on the path to the shrine of the the ancients. The first guards the gate, the second the pond of reflection (my attempt at a koi pond), and the third guards the shrine itself (the remains of an Eldar Knight).
-Kazuma Kaneko’s depiction of Amaterasu and traditional depictions
First I have to mention that Amaterasu is an outstanding goddess:
In basically all myths the solar deities are male. The Japanese and German myths though are exceptions:
In Japan Amaterasu, a female deity, is the sun goddess and Tsukiyomi/Tsukuyomi is the male moon god. In German myths Sol/Sunna is the Sun goddess and Mani is the Moon god.
In fact: In most languages the article for the Sun is male and for the moon female (for example le soleil, la lune etc.).
In German you say “die Sonne” (“die” is the female article) and “der Mond” (“der” is the male article) though.
In Amaterasu’s case the fact the Empress Jito ruled at the time when the story was spread was probably an influence.
Amaterasu is also known as Ohirume-no-muchi-no-kami and is the goddess of the sun and the universe. Her name derives from Amateru which means “shining in heaven”. Her name thus means “the great kami who shines in the heaven”.
She is also related to the Tenno line and basically helped founding it.
According to the Kojiki, Amaterasu was born through the left eye of Izanagi when he cleaned himself in a river on Kyushu after he got out of Yomi (after her birth Tsukuyomi was born through the right eye and Susanoo through the nose). Amaterasu was chosen to rule over the heaven, Tsukuyomi ruled over the night and Susanoo over the sea/underworld.
In another version she emerges from a white copper mirror which Izanagi held in his left hand or the three deities are actual offsprings of Izanagi and Izanami.
She had troubles with both brothers though:
Tsukuyomi killed the goddess of food Ukemochi since she prepared a feast by facing the ocean and spitting out a fish, then she faced the forest and bountiful game spewed out of her mouth, then turning to a rice paddy she coughed up a bowl of rice.
Amaterasu was so disgusted that Tsukuyomi killed Ukemochi that she never wanted to see his face again which explains the day and night split/sun and moon being separated.
Her younger brother Susanoo behaved like a child and knew no taboo.
He had to leave Heaven by orders of Izanagi and when he said goodbye to Amaterasu he proposed a challenge:
They took an object of the other one (Amaterasu took Susanoo’s sword and Susanoo took Amaterasu’s necklace) to give birth to gods and goddesses.
The deal was: If the deities are females the intentions are bad. If the deities are male the intentions are good.
Amaterasu birthed three women, while Susanoo birthed five men.
She claimed that she won since the gods were born of her necklace, and the goddesses were born out of Susanoo’s sword though (every version hints though that Susanoo’s intentions are good after all though).
This led to Susanoo becoming even more violent: Destroying her rice fields etc.
His worst crime was hurling a dead horse into the hall where Amaterasu was weaving which killed one of her servants.
Amaterasu then hid in the Ama-no-Iwato (“heavenly rock cave”), thus the sun was hidden/not shining for a long period of time.
In order to get her out of the cave the other gods along with Ame no Uzume threw a party outside and Ame no Uzume basically did a strip tease.
When Amaterasu heard the noise she got curious and peeked but got blinded by the Yata no Kagami and so she thought they were celebrating the arrival of an even greater and brighter goddess than herself that she has to fight, though in reality it was just own mirror image.
In other versions her beauty was reflected on the mirror and made the world shine again.
When Amaterasu stepped out of the cave a holy seal was applied to it.
Her and Susanoo amended their conflict when Susanoo gave her the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi sword as a reconciliation gift which became one of the Imperial Regalia along with the Yata no Kagami and the Yasakani no Magatama.
On Magatamas in General:
Susanoo received five hundred magatama from Tamanoya no mikoto, or Ame-no-Futodama-no-mikoto a jewel-making deity. He presented them to Amaterasu who bit off successive parts and blew them away to create other deities.
One the deities created out of Amaterasu’s necklace, Ame no Oshihomimi no Mikoto, had a son with Yorozuhatahime called Ninigi. Ninigi was sent down to earth to pacify Japan by bringing the three celestial gifts to earth and to plant rice there.
He was the great-grandfather of Emperor Jimmu and thus an ancestor of all emperors of Japan.
The Ise shrine is dedicated to Amaterasu and the mirror Yata no Kagami is said to be in the Kotaijingu (main shrine).
The Yasakani no Magatama is the most important magatama as it is one of the Imperial Regalia of Japan, added to the list sometime during the Heian Period. It stands for benevolence and is one of the three items used in the ceremony of imperial ascension. It was also used to lure Amaterasu out of a cave.