|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||Other names: Haya akitsuhiko no kami(Kojiki), Haya akitsuhi no mikoto(Nihongi), Minato no kami (Kojiki)|
One of the kami produced by Izanagi and Izanami in Kojikis account of the "birth of the land" (kuniumi). The two kami form a single pair, and Minato no kami is used as their collective name. According to an "alternate writing" transmitted by Nihongi, the kami Hayaakitsuhi no kami appears as a general title for Minato no kami. The kami is considered a tutelary of ocean inlets and straits, and is also viewed as a deity of purification. The norito litany Ōharae no kotoba mentions only the female kami Hayaakitsuhime. This is believed by some to be a reflection of the original female nature of the kami, or of the fact that the titles of the two kami were unified in the female persona.