Kunitokotachi

大分類Encyclopedia of Shinto
中分類2. Kami (Deities)
小分類Kami in Classic Texts
分野分類 CB宗教学・神道学
文化財分類 CB学術データベース
資料形式 CBテキストデータベース
TitleKunitokotachi
テキスト内容Other names: Kuni no tokotachi no kami(Kojiki), Kuni no tokotachi no mikoto(Nihongi)



One of the first kami to appear in the mythical accounts of the unfolding of heaven and earth. Believed to represent the "foundation of the land," the name originally indicated an abstract being without concrete form or attributes. In Kojiki, Kunitokotachi appears at the beginning of the "seven generations of kami" which emerge following Amenominakanushi and the four other "separate heavenly kami" (kotoamatsukami). On the other hand, Nihongis main text and three "alternative writings" (1, 4, and 5) suggest that Kunitokotachi was the first kami to appear out of the chaos following the separation of heaven and earth. It is generally believed that Kunitokotachi represents a primitive deity originating from a tradition independent from that of Amenominakanushi.

—Kadoya Atsushi
+辞書ページURLhttps://d-museum.kokugakuin.ac.jp/eos/detail/?id=9368
+動画/音声公開サイトURL1https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1YR2ylh2k99pocaURgHD58bn4UVp5gmLX
+動画/音声公開サイトURL2
#22299382009/03/02Administrator00EOS000086KunitokotachiKunitokotachiOther names: Kuni no tokotachi no kami(Kojiki), Kuni no tokotachi no mikoto(Nihongi)



One of the first kami to appear in the mythical accounts of the unfolding of heaven and earth. Believed to represent the "foundation of the land," the name originally indicated an abstract being without concrete form or attributes. In Kojiki, Kunitokotachi appears at the beginning of the "seven generations of kami" which emerge following Amenominakanushi and the four other "separate heavenly kami" (kotoamatsukami). On the other hand, Nihongis main text and three "alternative writings" (1, 4, and 5) suggest that Kunitokotachi was the first kami to appear out of the chaos following the separation of heaven and earth. It is generally believed that Kunitokotachi represents a primitive deity originating from a tradition independent from that of Amenominakanushi.

—Kadoya Atsushi10023[Kuni tokotachi no kami] (Kojiki)1

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