Susanowa

Japanese - The ox-headed Shinto sea-god and god of fertility and storms. Son of Izanagi and Izanami. Brother of Amaterasu and Tsuki-yoni. Consort of Inada. Consort of Miyazu, some say. Father of Kamu-O-Ichi-Hime, Koto-shiro-nushi, O-Toshi, Shita-teru, Suseri, Take-minakata and Ya-Shima-Ji-Nu-Mi. Father of Idakeru and Okuninushi, in some accounts. He was born from the nose of Izanagi and cracked the necklaces of his sister Amaterasu between his teeth and, by breathing on them, produced five new gods. It was Susanowa's depredations on earth that frightened Amaterasu and caused her to shut herself away in a cave; as a result, he was banned from heaven and thereafter lived on earth, begging food from O-Ge-Tsu-Hime- No-Kami. Some say he was banished to the land of Yomi. He is said to have conquered Korea and grown trees from his own hair planted on the mountainsides. In some stories, Okuninushi is not his son but a son-in-law who eloped with his daughter Suseri-hime after tying Susanowa to a beam by his hair. In one story, he found Ashinadzuchi and his wife, Te-nadzuchi, saying a tearful farewell to their daughter, Inada-hime, who was due to be devoured by an eight-headed dragon, Yamato-no-Orochi. Susanowa turned the girl into a comb, tempted the dragon with saké which made it so drunk that Susanowa was able to kill it, and then restored the girl to her normal form and married her. He retrieved the magic sword, Kusanagi, from the dragon's tail. In some accounts he is identified with Kompira. Also referred to as Susanowa, Impetuous Male, Impetuous Male, Kompira, Kompira, Kompera, Konpira, Kubera, Kubira, Lord of Demons, Buddhist Kubera, Hindu Kubera, Indonesian Kuwera, Thai Kupera, Susa-no-o, Susa-no-o, Susano, Susano, Susano-Wo, Susano-Wo, Susanoo, Susanoo, Take-haya Susanowo, Take-haya Susanowo, Withering Wind of Summer, Withering Wind of Summer, Gozo Tenno, Gozo Tenno, Gozu Tenno, Gozu Tenno, Bhaishajya, Gozu Tenwo, Gozo Tenwo, Susano(o), Susano(o), Buto, Buto or Bouto.

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