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Kami of fire and the hearth
Other namesKagutsuchi-no-Mikoto (軻遇突智命, 加具土命)
Homusubi (火産霊)
Hi-no-Yagihayao-no-Kami (火之夜藝速男神)
Hi-no-Yakihayao-no-Mikoto-no-Kami (火焼速男命神)
Hi-no-Yakihiko-no-Kami (火焼彦神)
Ho-no-Yakezumi-no-Kami (火焼炭神)
Major cult centerHonoo-Honome Shrine, Ubuta Shrine, Hananoiwaya Shrine, Akiha Shrine, and others
ParentsIzanagi (father)
Izanami (mother)
OffspringNesaku, Takemikazuchi, Kuraokami and others

Kagutsuchi (カグツチ; Old Japanese: Kagututi), also known as Hi-no-Kagutsuchi or Homusubi among other names, is the kami of fire in classical Japanese mythology.[1]


Kagutsuchi's birth burned his mother Izanami, causing her death. His father Izanagi, in his grief, beheaded Kagutsuchi with his sword, Ame no Ohabari (天之尾羽張), and cut his body into eight pieces, which became eight volcanoes. Kagutsuchi's corpse created numerous deities, which typically includes Watatsumi, Kuraokami, Takemikazuchi, Futsunushi, Amatsumikaboshi, and Ōyamatsumi.[2][3]

Kagutsuchi's birth, in Japanese mythology, comes at the end of the creation of the world and marks the beginning of death.[4] In the Engishiki, a source which contains the myth, Izanami, in her death throes, bears the water goddess Mizuhanome, instructing her to pacify Kagu-tsuchi if he should become violent. This story also contains references to traditional fire-fighting tools: gourds for carrying water and wet clay and water reeds for smothering fires.[4]


The name Kagutsuchi was originally a compound phrase, consisting of kagu, an Old Japanese root verb meaning "to shine"; tsu, the Old Japanese possessive particle; and chi, an Old Japanese root meaning "force, power".[5]

Popular culture

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Family tree

Ōyamatsumi[6][7][8] Susanoo[9][10][11]: 277 
Kamuo Ichihime[7][8][12][13]
Konohanachiru-hime[14][11]: 277 Ashinazuchi[15][16]Tenazuchi[16]Toshigami[13][12]Ukanomitama[7][8]
Kushinadahime[16][19][11]: 277 
Yashimajinumi[14][11]: 277 
Hikawahime [ja][22][11]: 278 Fuha-no-Mojikunusunu [ja][11]: 278 
Fukabuchi-no-Mizuyarehana [ja][11]: 278 Ame-no-Tsudoechine [ja][11]: 278 Funozuno [ja][11]: 278 
Sashikuni Okami [ja][11]: 278 Omizunu[11]: 278 Futemimi [ja][11]: 278 
Sashikuni Wakahime [ja][11]: 278 Ame-no-Fuyukinu[23][24][11]: 278 Takamimusubi[25][26]
Nunakawahime[27] Ōkuninushi[28][11]: 278 
Kamotaketsunumi no Mikoto[30]
Kotoshironushi[31][32] Tamakushi-hime[30] Takeminakata[33][34] Susa Clan[35]

711–585 BC

660–585 BC(1)
Himetataraisuzu-hime[36]Kamo no Okimi[31][37]Mirahime [ja]
632–549 BC

581–549 BC(2)
Isuzuyori-hime[37][41] Hikoyai[38][39][40] Kamuyaimimi[38][39][40]
d.577 BC
Miwa clan and Kamo clan Nunasokonakatsu-hime[42][31]
Imperial House of JapanŌ clan[43][44] and Aso clan[45]
  • Pink is female.
  • Blue is male.
  • Grey means other or unknown.
  • Clans, families, people groups are in green.

See also


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