Ninigi-no-Mikoto

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Ninigi-no-Mikoto (Japanese: 瓊瓊杵尊), also known as Ame-nigishi-kuni-nigishi-amatsuhiko-hiko-ho-no-ninigi-no-Mikoto (天邇岐志国邇岐志天津日高日子番能邇邇芸命), is in Japanese mythology, the son of Ame no Oshihomimi no Mikoto (天忍穗耳尊) and Takuhadachiji-hime no Mikoto (栲幡千千姫命), and grandson of Amaterasu, who sent him down to earth (Tenson kōrin) to plant rice there. He was the great-grandfather of Emperor Jimmu, his wife was Konohanasakuya-hime.[1]

Amaterasu sent him to pacify Japan by bringing the three celestial gifts used by the Emperor: the sword Kusanagi, the mirror Yata no Kagami, and the jewel Yasakani no Magatama; these three gifts signify that the Emperor is the descendant of Amaterasu herself. The account of Ninigi being sent to earth appears in the Nihon Shoki.

Descendants[edit]

Ninigi had three sons: Hoderi, Hosuseri, Hoori. Part 5 of the Nihon Shoki lists "Hikohohodemi no mikoto" as the fourth child of Ninigi, however, it is known to be an alias of Hoori.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ashkenazi, Michael (2003). "Ninigi-no-Mikoto". Handbook of Japanese mythology. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. p. 222. ISBN 9781576074671.