no-mikoto), who was in charge of the earth;
and the Moon Goddess, (Tsuki-yomi-no-mikoto),who was the kami of the realm of darkness.
The brother, however, according to the Kojiki, behaved so very badly and committed so manyoutrages that the Sun Goddess became angry and hid herself in a celestial cave, which caused theheavens and earth to become darkened. Astonished at this turn of events, the heavenly kami puton an entertainment including dancing, which brought her out of the cave; and thus light returnedto the world. For his misdemeanor the brother was banished to the lower world, where by hisgood behavior he returned to the favor of the other kami, and a descendant of his, the Kami of theIzumo (Okuni-nushi-no-kami), became a very benevolent kami, who ruled over the Great EightIslands and blessed the people.
Little is said in the mythology of the Moon Kami.
Subsequently, the grandson of the Sun Goddess, Ninigi-no-mikoto, received instructions todescend and rule Japan. To symbolize his authority he was given three divine treasures: a mirror,a sword, and a string of jewels. Moreover, he was accompanied on his journey by the kami thathad participated in the entertainment outside the celestial cave. However, to accomplish hismission it was necessary to negotiate with the Kami of Izumo, who after some discussion agreedto hand over the visible world, while retaining the invisible. At the same time, the Kami of Izumo pledged to protect the heavenly grandson. Ninigi-no-mikoto’s great grandson, Emperor Jimmu, became the first human ruler of Japan.This, in very simple form, is the basic myth which explained for primitive Japanese their originand the basis of their social structure. In a sense, the myth amounts to something like a simpleconstitution for the country. However, in theancient records the account is not uniform.Shinto recognizes today that its beliefs are a continuation of those of this mythological age. In itsritual forms and paraphernalia, this faith fully retains much that is ancient. Shinto has outgrownmuch of its historical mythology. The buds of truth have appeared and have been refined for the people of modern Japan.”
There is a branch of creaton mythology that was the shamanisticand moon goddess sections of the religion, including Queen Pimikoor Himiko, from the Chinese account from the 3
century thatmentions she was occupied with magic and sorcery, bewitching thepeople in the kingdom of Wa.
Parts that are not spoken of orexplored that much and may pass away with the older generationsthat pass these things on by word of mouth and story.
1.Ono, Sokyo, “Shinto the Kami Way”, Professor, Kokugakuin University Lecturer,Association of Shinto Shrines in collaboration with William P. Woodard, sketches bySadao Sakamoto, Priest, Yasukuni Shrine, Charles E. Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vermont& Tokyo, Japan, 1962 twenty-ninth printing.2.Nelson, John K., “A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine”, University of WashingtonPress, Seattle & London, 1996.
For Further Reference
de Bary, Wm. Theodore. "Japanese Religion" in Arthur E. Tiedemann, ed., An