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HODERI

Japanese Fishing God

Also known as Fire Flash, HODERI-NO-MIKOTO, FIRE-FLASH, UMISACHIHIKO, HONOSUSERI

Shinto God of Fishing

Otherwise known as Fire-Flash, he’s the son of top god NINIGI and great-grandson of the Sun Goddess AMATERASU. Dad was surprised to discover he was going to be a dad ("Triplets? So soon? We’ve only been married one day!") and suspected his wife of illicit illegitimacy.

To allay his fears and prove the silly fool wrong, she set the maternity room alight and gave birth surrounded by fire. When baby HODERI emerged amidst the burning hot towels, he giggled and played with the flames like a true deity’s son. "That’s my boy," exclaimed the delighted NINIGI and clutched the child to his breast.

From then on, HODERI was known as Fire-Flash. After a while the fire died down and two more brothers were born. HOORI was born in the last glowing embers and they called him Fire-Fade. (Son number two, HOSUSERI, seems to have passed into obscurity.)

When HODERI grew up he became a fine fisherman, although rather a grouchy one. Sadly his fiery temper led to disaster when he quarreled with his younger brother over a humble fish hook. See the entry on HOORI for the whole tale.

HODERI FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : HODERI
Location : Japan
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Fishing
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : Fire Flash, HODERI-NO-MIKOTO, FIRE-FLASH, UMISACHIHIKO, HONOSUSERI
Popularity index : 10057
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Article last updated on 27 December 2013 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "Hoderi: Japanese God of Fishing." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 27 Dec. 2013. Web. 21 September 2014.

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