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Creation of the world according to the Kojiki, showing the five primordial gods (kotoamatsukami) and the subsequent seven generations of deities (kamiyonanayo)
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Takamimusubi (高御産巣日神, lit. "High Creator") is a god of agriculture in Japanese mythology, who was the second of the first beings to come into existence.[1][page needed]

It is speculated that Takamimusubi was originally the tutelary deity for the Japanese imperial family.[2] According to the Kojiki, Takamimusubi was a hitorigami.[3]


According to Kojiki, when the heaven and earth were created, Ame-no-Minakanushi was the first one to appear in Takamagahara, Takamimusubi the second, and Kamimusubi the third.[4]

One myth tells of a bird named Nakime who was sent down to earth to check in on Amewakahiko. Amewakahiko shot the bird with his bow. The arrow pierced through the bird, but the arrow flew all the way to heaven. Takamimusubi saw the arrow and threw it back at the earth where it hit Amewakahiko while he was laying in bed, killing him.[5]


He is the father of several gods including Takuhadachiji-hime, Omoikane, Futodama (some versions Takammusubi is the grandfather of Futodama)[6] and some versions Ame-no-oshihomimi.[7] According to Nihon Shoki, he is the father of Sukunabikona.[8][9]

According to Shinsen Shōjiroku, he is the grandfather of Tamanoya.[10]

In one version of the Nihon Shoki, Mihotsuhime is the daughter of Takamimusubi.[11]

He is the grandfather of Ninigi-no-Mikoto, who descended on Ashihara no Nakatsukuni first as a member of the Imperial Family and was a grandson of Amaterasu, according to the Nihon Shoki.[citation needed]


Izumo-taisha is one of the shrines dedicated to Takamimusubi.[12]

Hasshinden was once a temple that enshrined him.[13]

See also


  1. ^ Leeming, David (2006). The Oxford Companion to World Mythology. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195156690.
  2. ^ Brown, Delmer M.; Hall, John Whitney; Brown, Delmer Myers; Press, Cambridge University; Jansen, Marius B.; McCullough, William H.; Shively, Donald H.; Yamamura, Kozo; Duus, Peter (1988). The Cambridge History of Japan. Cambridge University Press. p. 347. ISBN 978-0-521-22352-2.
  3. ^ "Encyclopedia of Shinto詳細". 國學院大學デジタルミュージアム (in Japanese). Retrieved 2021-10-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Tobe, Tamio (1997). Yaoyorozu no kamigami Nihon no shinrei-tachi no purofīru『八百万の神々 日本の神霊たちのプロフィール』. Japan: Shinkigensha. ISBN 9784883172993.
  5. ^ Roberts, Jeremy (2009). Japanese Mythology A to Z. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4381-2802-3.
  6. ^ "Encyclopedia of Shinto - Home : Kami in Classic Texts : Futodama". Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  7. ^ Teeuwen, Mark (1996). Watarai Shintô: An Intellectual History of the Outer Shrine in Ise. Research School CNWS. p. 46. ISBN 978-90-73782-79-2.
  8. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, R. A. B. (2014-06-03). Studies In Shinto & Shrines. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-136-89294-3.
  9. ^ Ashkenazi, Michael (2003). Handbook of Japanese Mythology. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1-57607-467-1.
  10. ^ "Shinto Portal - IJCC, Kokugakuin University".
  11. ^ "Encyclopedia of Shinto詳細". 國學院大學デジタルミュージアム (in Japanese). Retrieved 2021-09-28.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Frédéric, Louis (2002). Japan encyclopedia. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. p. 413. ISBN 9780674017535.
  13. ^ "Shinto Portal - IJCC, Kokugakuin University".