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Susanoo, (Japanese: 須佐之男命, Susa-no-O-no-Mikoto; also romanized as Susano'o, Susa-no-O, and Susanowo) in Shinto is the god of the sea and storms. In linguistics, romanization (or Latinization, also spelled romanisation or Latinisation) is the representation of a word or language with the Roman (Latin) alphabet, or a system for doing so, where the original word or language uses a different writing system. ... Shinto ) is the native religion of Japan and was once its state religion. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... For the three letter acronym, see SEA. For the ancient Jewish unit of volume, see Seah (unit). ...

Susanoo and the water dragon
Susanoo and the water dragon

Susano'o is the brother of Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun, and of Tsukuyomi, the god of the moon. All three were spawned from Izanagi, when he washed his face clean of the pollutants of Yomi, the underworld. Amaterasu was born when Izanagi washed out his left eye, Tsukuyomi was born from the washing of the right eye, and Susano'o from the washing of the nose. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1135x3589, 869 KB) This print illustrates the mythical figure of Susanoo no Mikoto the impetuous male while watching the dragon swimming under the water. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1135x3589, 869 KB) This print illustrates the mythical figure of Susanoo no Mikoto the impetuous male while watching the dragon swimming under the water. ... The Sun goddess emerging out of a cave, bringing sunlight back to the universe. ... The Sun (Latin: Sol) is the star at the center of the Solar System. ... Tsukiyomi (月読の命 or 月夜見の尊, Tsukiyomi no mikoto), also known as Tsukuyomi, Tsukuyomi no kami, and Tsukiyomi no mikoto, is a god of uncertain gender, but will be perceived as male kami, of the moon in Shinto and Japanese mythology for the purposes of this article. ... Apparent magnitude: up to -12. ... 天瓊を以て滄海を探るの図. Painting by Eitaku Kobayashi (Meiji period). ... This article is about the location in japanese mythology. ...


Susano'o is curiously also known as "Susanowa", although that may be an incorrect transcription of the name. He is infamous for his connotations as the god of evil and serpents and having been thought to cause storms, having dominion over the sea.


Sources tell of long-standing rivalry between Susano'o and his sister. When he was to leave Heaven by orders of Izanagi, he went to bid his sister goodbye. Amaterasu, suspicious, proposed a challenge on the spot: each of them was to transform an object of the other's into people. Amaterasu created three women from Susano'o's sword while he created five men from her necklace. Claiming the men were hers because they were born of her necklace, Susano'o destroyed her rice fields, hurled a flayed pony at her loom, and killed one of her attendants in a fit of rage. Amaterasu, in fury and grief, hid inside Ama-no-Iwato, the "heavenly rock cave", thus effectively hiding the sun for a long period of time. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The cave in which the Shinto Godess Amaterasu hid after the embarrassment caused by her brother. ...


Though she was persuaded to leave the cave, Susano'o was punished by being banished from Heaven. He descended to the province of Izumo, where he met an elderly couple. Seven of their eight daughters had been devoured by the eight-headed serpent Yamata-no-Orochi and it was about to come for the eighth, Kushi-inada-hime. After the couple promised their daughter's hand in marriage to Susano'o, he agreed to slay Orochi. With the aid of eight bowls of sake (one for each head), Susano'o decapitated the monster once it had fallen asleep. Izumo can refer to: Izumo, Shimane, a city in Japan. ... Susanoo slaying the Yamata no Orochi, by Toyohara Chikanobu Orochi forwards here. ... Sake barrels at Itsukushima Shrine. ...


From one of Orochi's tails, Susano'o pulled out a sword, which he named Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi ("Heaven's Cloud-Gathering Sword"), later known as the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi. The sword was presented to Amaterasu as a reconciliation gift and was later given to her descendant Ninigi along with the Yata-no-Kagami (a mirror) and magatama (sacred jewels) as proof of his divine right to rule. Kusanagi-no-tsurugi (Japanese: 草薙の剣) is a legendary Japanese sword as important to Japans history as Excalibur is to Britains. ...


Izumo

While Amaterasu is enshrined at Ise Shrine, Susano'o is enshrined in Izumo, where he descended when banished from heaven. Izumo is home to the oldest shrines in Japan and is held in the same regard as the most sacred shrine in Japan, Ise Shrine. Ise Shrine Ise Shrine (Ise-jingū 伊勢神宮) is a Shinto shrine to the goddess Amaterasu ōmikami, located in the city of Ise in Mie prefecture, Japan. ...


Susanoo in works of fiction

He is portrayed in:

  • Tokusatsu films such as The Three Treasures (where he was played by Toshiro Mifune) and Yamato Takeru
  • The 2003 film Onmyoji II, played by Hayato Ichihara.
  • Anime, such as Dark Myth, Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon, Blue Seed and the Masamune Shirow manga Orion.
  • The final boss in the video game Shadow Hearts: Covenant
  • Appears in the Season of Mists storyline in Neil Gaiman's Sandman comic book, claiming his pantheon are adapting for a cadre of new style Gods including Marilyn Monroe, King Kong, and Lady Liberty.
  • He also appears in the Sandman spin-off Lucifer.
  • Susano'o was the inspiration behind Susanoomon in Digimon Frontier.
  • The video game Ōkami features a character named after (and based on) Susano'o (although the story of Orochi in the game is attributed to his ancestor, Izanagi)
  • There is a possibility that Itachi Uchiha will have an attack named Susano'o for his Mangekyō Sharingan because it possesses two attacks by the names Tsukuyomi and Amaterasu.
  • Susano'o makes an appearance in Golden Sun: The Lost Age as the Izumo hero Susa, who attempts to kill the monster, Orochi, in a similar fashion to the myth before being aided by the main characters in actually killing it.
  • In Gundam Seed Destiny, one Izumo class battleship is named Susano'o. Two other ships have names associated with Susano'o, Izumo (the first ship of the class) and Kusanagi.
  • In My-HiME and its sequel, My-Otome, the character of Midori Sugiura (simply named Midori in My-Otome) has a guardian creature called "Gakutenou" who was inspired by Susano'o.
  • The Takarazuka Revue performed a musical based on the legend of Susano'o (Snow Troupe, 2004).
  • Orion, a sci-fi/fantasy manga created by Masamune Shirow, as Susano, a god summoned to save the world from ultimate destruction.
  • Susano'o is one of the main enemies in the animated movie, Hellboy: Sword of Storms.
  • Sasano'omon is a final Digimon that makes an appearance in Digimon Frontier in the last few episodes
  • In NetHack and Slash'Em, Susano'o (here spelled Susanowo) is the chaotic deity for Samurai.
  • In Dream Saga Susanoo was a dragon destined to consume Amaterasu and the sun. He also defeated the Crystal Orochi and retrieved the Kusanagi from one of it's scales.
  • In White Wolf's role-playing game, Scion: Hero. He is listed there as one of many deities to be the sire of a PC Scion (who, by nature, are descended from gods). He is the sire of Yukiko Kuromizu, one of the iconic characters who appears in the demo of the game.
  • In the video games SaGa and SaGa II, the strongest "Goblin" type monster is called Susano-O.
  • In the video game Samurai Warriors, the character Sanada Yukimura's ultimate weapon is called "Susano", while the character Kunoichi's ultimate weapon is called "Kushinada".
  • In the anime series Gigantic Formula, Susanoo is the name of the robot used by Japan in the Wisest World War.

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  • Susanoo is named in the costarican power metal group Anima Impugnis song clled Dragón de los Campos (english:Dragon of the Fields).

See also

Japanese Mythology & Folklore Japanese mythology is a very complex system of beliefs that embraces Shinto and Buddhist traditions as well as agriculture-based folk religion. ... Takuya Kanbara is the main character in the Digimon anime series Digimon Frontier. In this series, a group of chosen human children where given the ability to turn into digimon. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Amaterasu_cave_crop. ... Japanese mythology is a very complex system of beliefs that embraces Shinto and Buddhist traditions as well as agriculture-based folk religion. ... Japanese folklore is the folklore of Japan. ...

Mythic Texts and Folktales:
Kojiki | Nihon Shoki | Otogizōshi | Yotsuya Kaidan
Urashima Tarō | Kintarō | Momotarō | Tamamo-no-Mae
Divinities:
Izanami | Izanagi | Amaterasu
Susanoo | Ama-no-Uzume | Inari
List of divinities | Kami | Seven Lucky Gods
Legendary Creatures:
Oni | Kappa | Tengu | Tanuki | Fox | Yōkai | Dragon
Mythical and Sacred Locations:
Mt. Hiei | Mt. Fuji | Izumo | Ryūgū-jō | Takamagahara | Yomi Kojiki or Furukotofumi (古事記), also known in English as the Records of Ancient Matters, is the oldest surviving historical book recounting events of ancient earth in the Japanese language. ... Nihonshoki (日本書紀) is the second oldest history book about the ancient history of Japan. ... Illustration from otogizōshi tale, published c. ... Yotsuya Kaidan (四つ谷怪談) is a Japanese ghost story. ... Urashima Tarō ) is a Japanese fairy tale about a fisherman who rescues a turtle and is rewarded with a visit to the RyÅ«gÅ«-jō, the Dragon Palace. ... This article is about the Japanese folklore hero; for the Mortal Kombat character, see Kintaro (Mortal Kombat character). ... Bisque doll of Momotarō Momotarō (桃太郎) is a hero from Japanese folklore. ... Tamamo-no-Mae (玉藻前) is a legendary figure in Japanese mythology. ... In Japanese mythology, Izanami (Katakana: イザナミ; Kanji: 伊弉冉尊 or 伊邪那美命, meaning She who invites) is a goddess of both creation and death, as well as the former wife of the god Izanagi. ... 天瓊を以て滄海を探るの図. Painting by Eitaku Kobayashi (Meiji period). ... The Sun goddess emerging out of a cave, bringing sunlight back to the universe. ... Categories: Stub | Japanese goddesses ... Inari and her fox spirits help the blacksmith Munechika forge the blade ko-kitsune-maru (Little Fox) in the late 10th century. ... This is a list of divinities native to Japanese beliefs and religious traditions. ... “Megami” redirects here. ... The seven fortune gods (七福神, shichi fukujin) in Japan refer to the seven gods of good fortune in Japanese folklore: ; . They are often the subject of netsuke carvings and other representations. ... A statue of a red oni wielding a tetsubo. ... This article does not adequately cite its references. ... Tengu and a Buddhist monk, by Kawanabe Kyōsai. ... Pottery statue of tanuki Wild Tanuki Mt. ... Prince Hanzoku terrorized by a nine-tailed fox. ... ukiyo-e print of yōkai, by Aotoshi Matsui Yōkai apparitions, spirits, or demons, also romanized youkai, yokai, or yookai) are a class of obake, creatures in Japanese folklore (many with Chinese origins) ranging from the evil oni to the mischievous kitsune or snow woman Yuki-onna. ... Japanese Dragon water fountain in Fujiyoshida. ... Mount Hiei (Jp. ... Mount Fuji Mount Fuji , IPA: )   is the highest mountain in Japan. ... Izumo (Japanese: 出雲国; Izumo no kuni) was an old province of Japan which today consists of the eastern part of Shimane prefecture in the Chugoku region. ... In Japanese mythology, RyÅ«gÅ«-jō (竜宮城) is the undersea palace of RyÅ«jin, the dragon god of the sea. ... Takama-ga-hara (Japanese: 高天原), or The High Plain of Heaven, is a place in Japanese mythology. ... This article is about the location in japanese mythology. ...

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Susanoo - Definition, explanation (242 words)
Susanoo killed the eight-headed serpent Orochi by after giving it eight bowls of sake (one for each head), then decapitating the monster once it had fallen asleep.
Susanoo then pulled the sword kusanagi from one of Orochi's tails, a sword which he later gave to his sister Amaterasu.
Susanoo is the brother of Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun, and of Tsukiyomi, the god of the moon.
Susanoo Summary (1290 words)
Claiming the men were hers because they were born of her necklace, Susanoo destroyed her rice fields and hurled a flayed pony at her loom and killed one of her attendants in a fit of rage.
Though she was persuaded to leave the cave, Susanoo was punished by being banished from heaven.
The sword was presented to Amaterasu as a reconciliation gift and was later given to her descendant Ninigi along with the Yata no Kagami (a mirror) and Magatama (sacred jewels) as proof of his divine right to rule.
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