Japanese Mythology

The Shinto and Folk Gods of Japan...

OKUNINUSHI

Shinto Earth God

Also known as O-Kuni-Nushi, Onamuji

Miraculous God of Land-building

As the youngest of eighty brothers, he had a few problems with bullying — actually a lot of problems — but he got to be a god and they didn’t, so ner ner yar boo and sucks.

It all started with a flayed rabbit, as the best stories so often don’t. There it was, lying in the road as Okuninushi and his brothers were on their way to a magnificent royal party.

The brothers teased and tortured the poor creature before hurrying off to meet the sexy princess Suseri-Hime. Okuninushi took pity and helped the rabbit — which revealed itself to be a god.

After that, he was blessed with amazing special powers — he cheated death several times, eloped with the sexy princess and eventually found himself in a royal battle of wits with her grumpy father Susano-wo.

Susano-wo threw every kind of horror at him, including bees, snakes, lice, and a terrifying species of killer centipede. But Okuninushi magically dealt with all these troubles and eventually his father-in-law decided he wasn’t so bad after all.

Eventually Okuninushi teamed up with Sukuna-Bikona and set about putting the Earth to rights. He is now continuing the work started by creator gods Izanagi and Izanami. You can help him with a donation of good wishes.

Okuninushi Facts and Figures

Name: Okuninushi
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: O-Kuni-Nushi, Onamuji

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

In charge of: the Earth
Area of expertise: Earth

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 1472

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Article last revised on November 20, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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