Okuni-Nushi

Japanese - A king of Idzumo. A Shinto god of thunder, magic and medicine. Son of Susanowa. Husband of Suseri-hime and Ya-gami-hime. Father of Kimata-no-kami. Father of Koto-shiro-nushi, some say. He built the world, except the heavens, with the help of Sukuna-biko. Some say that he had eighty brothers, others that he married Ya-game-hime and many other maidens and their children populated the earth. In some accounts, his brothers treated him as a servant and, on two occasions, killed him, once by rolling a piece of red-hot metal down a hill, burning him to death, and once by felling a tree which crushed him. In each case, he was restored to life by Musubi or, some say, by his mother. When he asked for the hand of Susanowa's daughter, Suseri-hime, Susanowa tested his valour by putting him in a room full of snakes and, on another night, a room full of insects. From both he was saved by a scarf given to him by Suseri. In a final test, a grass-fire, he was saved by a mouse who sheltered him below ground or by a hare that he had earlier helped. In some stories, Susanowa gave his consent to the marriage but he was not to be trusted so the couple eloped after tying her father to a beam with his hair. He was forced to give up his earthly throne when Amaterasu sent Ninigi to take over. In some accounts, he is equated with, or merged with, Daikoku and is regarded as the guardian of the royal family. ) Identified as Okuni-Nushi, Oho-kuni-nushi, Oho-kuni-nushi, Okuni-nushi, Okuninushi, Okuninushi, Daikokusana, Yachihoko, Yachihoko, Onamuchi, Onamuchi, Onamuji, Oyamakui, Daikoku(sana or Daikoku(sana.

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