|大分類||Encyclopedia of Shinto|
|中分類||2. Kami (Deities)|
|小分類||Kami in Classic Texts|
|テキスト内容||Sire of Amewakahiko, who learned of his sons death by hearing the wailing voice of Shitateruhime (Amewakahikos consort) carried on the wind. Together with Amewakahikos family, Amatsukunitama descended to Japan (Ashihara no Nakatsukuni or "Central Land of Reed Plains"), where he built a mourning hut, having birds make offerings while he spent eight days and eight nights wailing in funeral rites. But when his daughter-in-laws father Ajisukitakahikone arrived, Amatsukunitama embraced him, mistaking him for his own son returned from the dead. This act enraged Ajisukitakahiko, who then destroyed the mourning hut. |
Alternate names for the "land kami" Ōkuninushi and Shitateruhime are Utsushikunitama and Wakakunitama, respectively, while the ama (sky, heaven) of the name Amatsukunitama indicates his status as a spirit belonging to the Plain of High Heaven, Takamanohara.