term "Mika" makes perfectly good sense when given the niean-ing jar, and that there is no reason to search for some hiddenmeaning or to construct some linguistic theory to explain themeaning. To arrive at this conclusion, the author traces thelineage of the jar in Japanese mythology.2. Mythology Related to the Jar Deitiesa. The Birth of the Fire God.(1)
Izanami, the first mother, gave birth to theFire God.She was burned and began to die. She became verysick. Her vomit turned into male and female metal deities; herfaeces became male and female clay deities; her urine becamea water goddess; and then she gave birth to the goddess ofvegetation. This last goddess had a daughter, a food goddess.Then the Ur-Mother died.2(2)
The main text says that after being burn-ed by the Fire God, the Ur-Mother gave birth to a clay deityand a water deity. The Fire God married the Clay Goddessand they had a child, the Goddess of Vegetation, on whose headwere produced the silkworm and the mulberry tree, and in whosenavel were the five kinds of grains3Verrsion
says that the Ur-Mother gave birth to theWater Goddess, the Clay Goddess and the Gourd of Heaven4Version
says that the Ur-Mother's vomit became a MetalDeity, and her excrement a Clay Deit~.~
Names of the Deities Produced by Izanami.(a) The Fire God's Names.HI NO ya gi HAYA WO NO KAMI (K)6
Fire Burning Fast Male Deity
(2)KN, p. 59 f; KT, p. 37
and page 34.(3)NS, Vol. 1, pp. 173, 174, 178, 180. 182. 183.(4) NS, Vo. 1, pp. 173, 174, 180.(5) Ibid, p. 182
Capital letters in the names of deities indicate that the Chinesecharacters are to be given a literal meani~g. Small letters indicate thatthe Chinese characters are for sound only as stated in the Kojiki.
means Kojiki. (NS) means Nihon Shoki.