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(Deity)IZANAGI

In a nutshell ...
God of : Sky, Heaven
Religion : Shinto
Attributes : coming soon ...

Shinto God of the Primordial Sky and all that is Heavenly.

Having created the islands of Japan with his wife and sister Izanami by stirring the ocean with a heavenly spear, they thought having a family was the next logical step. Unfortunately Izanami got her etiquette all wrong and their first children 'faint island' and 'leech child' were considered inapropriate and cast out to sea in a boat.

Izanagi : 'OK. Lets try again. But this time keep your mouth shut and we should get it right.'

Unfortunately they didn't get it right. Kagutsuchi took vaginal inflamation to a whole new level and Izanami died during childbirth.

A distraught Izanagi travelled to Yomi to fetch her. He searched high and low and eventually found her lurking in the darkness ..

Izanagi : 'Hey, i've come to take you back to earth. Why is the light off?'

Izanami : 'Erm... no reason. There is a slight problem. I've eaten the food of the dead and i actually belong to the lords of the underworld now. There isn't a lot i can do about it, so jog on.'

Well, Izanagi was still in love. He had sweet images of his beloved wife floating around in his head and couldn't resist taking a sneaky peak.

'Holy s**t!' thought Izanagi. His missus had changed a little. More than a little actually. She was maggot infested, had bits missing and other bits rotting and falling off. The smell alone was enough to make him do a u-turn and head back to earth.

But Izanami gave chase, as did legions of demons. Izanagi threw pomegranites to try and slow them down, unsurprisingly this ploy wasn't particularly successful. But he managed to reach the exit and pulled over a boulder to keep the nasties well and truly in the underworld. As a parting shot Izanami vowed to kill 1,000 mortals everyday.

Izanagi : 'Yeah, yeah. I'll just create 1,500 everday!'

Arriving home covered with grime and a little tearful, Izanagi had a well earned wash. Imagine his suprise when Amaterasu sprang from his left eye.

Izanagi : 'would you look at that. What are the chances?'

Just as unlikely as Tsuki-yomi popping out from his right eye, which is exactly what happened next. Overcome with emotion, he had a little sniffle, wiped his nose and out oozed Susano. He couldn't believe his eyes, or his nose.

Izanagi : 'Did i say i would create 1,500? I was going to go to the toilet but i don't think i'll bother!'

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'IZANAGI' - Japanese database entry : 05 Jan 2008
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