Japanese - The Shinto primaeval father-god. Son of Kuni-toko-tachi. Brother and husband of Izanami. Father of Amaterasu, Hiru-Ko, Kazu- Tsuchi, Susanowa and Tsukiyomo. He and Izanami were two of the seventeen gods of creation. Standing on the bridge of heaven they stirred the primaeval waters with a spear and created an island, Onogoro, with the brine that came up on the blade. They also created an island called Awagi and the rest of the islands of Japan. When Izanami died giving birth to Kazu- Tsuchi, Izanagi decapitated the boy with his magic sword, Ame-nowo- ha-bari, and went into Yomi, the underworld, to get his wife back but she was already rotting. He escaped the demons, the Eight Ugly Females, sent after him and blocked the entrance with a huge boulder. He escaped to an island where he built a house and lived forever in silence. When he bathed in the sea to cleanse himself his clothes became more gods, the dirt from his body became seagods, Amaterasu came from his left eye, Tsuki-yomo from his right eye and Susanowa from his nose. Other versions allocate these deities to different parts of his face. In some accounts, he divided his kingdom between these three and retired to heaven. Also called Izanagi, August Male, August Male, Isanagi, Isanagi, sacred birds, sacred birds, birds, Ainu Ahura Mazda, Amaterasu, Apollo, Athena, Helius, Hermes, Mercury, Mithra, Nyx, Tammuz, Zas Arawn, Artemis, China, Fukurokuju, Kwannon, Lares, Mannanan, Perseus, Shou Shen, Thoth Apollo, Asclepius, Angerbode Brac, Cronus, Odin, Saturn, Yama Juno Aphrodite, Astarte Ararjatis, Ataragatis, Hachiman, Venus Dusara, Jupiter Egypt Apollo, Baba, Brahma, Dionysus, Egypt, Eros, Epona, Hera, Horus, Iris, Juno, Kaltesh, Mars, Ops, Osiris, Seb, Thoth, Vishnu Isis Apollo, Here, Tethys Zoastrianism Asclepius, Inara Ketu, Minerva Brahma, Lakshmi, Sarasvati Apollo, Melkarth Asclepius, Noah, Odin Saturn Aphrodite, Venus Hera, Sweden Aphrodite, Isis Aphrodite, Venus Aztecs, Maya Apollo, Ares Heracles, Isis or Izanami Ares Triptolemus Amaterasu.

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