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THE PERIOD OF THE GODS - Creation Myths from Ancient Japan: Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories - Issue 414

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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 414
In this 414th issue of the Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the Japanese creation myth - "THE PERIOD OF THE GODS”.

At the dawn of time, in a period when Heaven and Earth were not yet separated, and the In and Yo (Yin and Yang)  not yet divided, the deities Izanagi and Izanami stood on the Floating Bridge of Heaven and looked down into the abyss. They inquired of each other if there were a country far, far below the great Floating Bridge. They were determined to find out. In order to do so they thrust down a jewel-spear, and found the ocean. Raising the spear a little, water dripped from it, coagulated, and became the island of Onogoro-jima. Upon this island the two deities descended.

What happened next you ask…? Well, when deities go about creating a world, many things happened. To find the answers to this question, and any others you have, you will have to download and read this story to find out!


Baba Indaba is a fictitious Zulu storyteller who narrates children's stories from around the world. Baba Indaba translates as "Father of Stories".


10% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities.

Each issue also has a "WHERE IN THE WORLD - LOOK IT UP" section, where young readers are challenged to look up a place on a map somewhere in the world. The place, town or city is relevant to the story. HINT - use Google maps.

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