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(Deity)OKUNINUSHI

Also known as OKUNI, OKUNI-NUSHI-NO-KAMI, OKUNI-NUSHINO-MIKOTO, O-KUNI-NUSHI
In a nutshell ...
Religion : Shinto
God of : Magic and Medicine
Attributes : coming soon ...

The Great Japanese Land master - big with Healers and Sorcerers.

As the youngest of eighty brothers Okuninushi had his work cut out trying to get the girl, but his luck looked to have changed when he found a Hare on the roadside minus it's skin and in agony.

Okuninushi's siblings thought it would be a right laugh to suggest the sea-water and sunshine solution to ease the flayed Hare's pain but having tried it out it didn't see the funny side.

Okininushi bathed the Hare in fresh water then dusted it with soothing pollen which is when it revealed its true form. The hare was actually a God and it and blessed Okuninushi with the joyous news that he would get the girl after all.

He was in-line to marry Yakumi but a run-in with a smouldering boulder, courtesy of his brothers, soon put a stop to that prediction, and Okuninushi moved to the underworld for a quiet life.

This is where he met Suseri-Hime, daughter of Susano, who was your typical over protective father. Only he wasn't quite typical. He was Lord of the Hell, which is something us mortals don't have to worry about, and when love began to blossom Susano was aghast.

'You're joking right? Look at him...' is what he might have said.

Okuninushi was subjected to the dreaded trial by father-in-law on an underworld scale, being thrown into a room full of snakes, then a room full of wasps and finally sent into a field to retrive Susano's arrow which he proceeded to set ablaze. Most mere mortals would have lost interest long before now and mooched off to find a 1.45 girl at the local club, but not Okuninushi. He took it all in his stride and Susano actually began to warm to him ... just a little.

But tippy-toeing around the house incase their loved-up antics offended him was getting too much so Okuninushi tied every one of Susano's hairs to the beams of the house, then did a moonlight flit with his bow and arrows and his daughter.

Impressed by his resourcefulness and testicular fortitude Susano gave Okuninushi a little advice ...

'Use my magical weapons, you know - the ones you just stole, to rid the world of your crazed siblings then make an honest woman of my daughter and rule over Izuma.'

Okuninushi duly obliged then started work on world creation with his dwarf God buddy Sukuna-biko. Everything was going swimmingly - they had created the art of medicine and managed to curb the destructive nature of birds and insects - but he was forced to hand over control of Izuma when Ninigi turned up out of the blue spouting something about God-given-rights.

Okuninushi was down but not out and rumour has it he turned his attentions to secretive religious affairs. Sounds intriguing.

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'OKUNINUSHI' - Japanese database entry : 05 Jan 2008
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