Izanami-no-Mikoto: She-Who-Invites

I’m over at Part Time Monster today, continuing my monthly series on Japanese female monsters. This post talks about Izanami, goddess of creation. She birthed the islands of Japan, and eventually, brought death to them, too. Find out why over there! 🙂

11 thoughts on “Izanami-no-Mikoto: She-Who-Invites

    1. Oh, definitely. As I mentioned in a comment over there, it was strange to keep feeling like I was ripping scenes out of another story as I writing the tale down. I guess there really are worldwide archetypes that any culture can relate to.

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  1. Izanami is one of my favorites in Japanese mythology. Yet after reading Sho Murase’s comic Sei: Death and Legend I can’t help myself but picture all the characters in her particular illustration style. Lol!

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  2. It is a fascinating story and one I’d not come across before – but the red mist always descends when I come to bits about women not talking out of place / walking behind / being the spare rib etc! Sigh….

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    1. Yes, but at least in this case, we can blame Izanagi for death and pestilence! He should have listened to her! 😉

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    1. This story does kinda have that effect, haha. I just love the imagery of a decomposing wife sending hellions after her no-good husband. 😛

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