Japanese Mythology

The Shinto and Folk Gods of Japan...

KAGUTSUCHI

Shinto Fire God

Also known as KAGU-TSUCHI, KAGU-ZUCHI, KAGUTSUCHI-NO-KAMI, HINOKAGUTSUCHI

The Fiery God of Purification by Flame

He is a Kami of Sacred Fire. For all your purification needs, use one of his special sacred firelighters. Please note it has to be his own holy lighter — using another brand will cause deep anguish and possible scorching.

Born of Creator Goddess Izanami, he was so hot and fiery that he burned his mom on the way out. The poor lady was scorched to death. It wasn’t the kid’s fault, but father Izanagi took drastic action and hacked his son into pieces. What a terrible tragedy.

But that’s not the end. The left-over lumps of Kagutsuchi became mountains, and a handful of Yama-no-Kami deities sprang out of his blood.

Meanwhile, the general opinion was that you couldn’t be too careful when it came to fire safety. Everyone from the Emperor to the humblest peasant paid tribute to Kagutsuchi to protect against accidental infernos. He is still worshiped at his own private temple at The Peak, Mount Atago, near Koyoto. Trespassers will be burned.

Kagutsuchi Facts and Figures

Name: Kagutsuchi
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: KAGU-TSUCHI, KAGU-ZUCHI, KAGUTSUCHI-NO-KAMI, HINOKAGUTSUCHI

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Fire
Area of expertise: Fire

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Article last revised on November 19, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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