A riddle of Nihon Shinto-What is Kukurihime-kami ?


I visited Hakusan-Hime shrine in Ishikawa prefecture today. There was an important Shinto ritual at home on New Year’s day, and a lot of guests came to my house on the second day, so I visited the shrine today. Though I visited the shrine at the end of the year, I did it again to get an Ofuda(お札), a type of household amulet issued by a Shinto shrine.

  • prefecture 県
  • ritual 儀式
  • issue 発行する

Unfortunately I don’t like the structure of the main building of this shrine. A purification ceremony was being performed before a lot of people sitting straight today in front of the shinto altar in the main building. Visitors have to put their hands together behind the people receiving the purification ceremony. Where visitors receive the purification ceremony should be separated from the main building like Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮). It is not pleasant that visitors have to pray toward the backs of the people receiving a purification ceremony when a shinto priest is shaking Haraegushi(祓え串), a kind of wooden stick for a purification ceremony. I’m on my guard so that people’s spiritual dirt won’t come to me.

  • structure 構造
  • purification 浄化
  • sit straight 正座する
  • shinto altar 神棚
  • separate 分ける
  • pleasant 心地のよい
  • shinto priest 神官
  • be on one’s guard 気をつけている

I put the new Ofuda I got today in my household shinto altar. I felt holy energy connecting Hakusan-Hime shrine with a spiritual line. Hakusan-Hime okami(白山ひめ大神)is identified with Kukurihime-kami(くくりひめ神). Also, since the word Hime(姫)  means “princess,” it is thought of as a goddess. I interpret the word as “secret(秘め).” It is a secret, hidden god.

  • holy 神聖な
  • connect つなぐ
  • since S+ V SはVするので
  • princess 姫
  • think of A as B AをBと考える
  • goddess 女神
  • interpret A as B AをBと解釈する
  • secret 秘密の

The description about the existence of Hakusan dynasty which existed before the rule of Emperor of Jimmu(神武天皇)has been removed from the ancient history books of the Kojiki(古事記) and Nihonshoki(日本書紀). The rebellious mind against this seems to have been hidden in this name of Hakusan-shin(白山神). Kukurihime-kami has been said to be a mysterious god who appears just once in a supplementary biography of Hihon-Shoki, the Chronicles of Japan(日本書記) . She is a goddess, who is powerful enough to make her parents, Izanagi(イザナギ)and Izanami(イザナミ), who are the original gods creating the World of Gods of Japan(日本神界),  reconcile.

  • existence 存在
  • dynasty 王朝
  • exist 存在する
  • rule 支配
  • remove 取り除かれる
  • ancient 古代の
  • rebellious mind 反発心
  • appear 登場する
  • supplementary biography 外伝
  • reconcile 仲直りする

Izanagi, Father god and Izanami, Mother god were having a huge fight as if they tried to kill each other at a border between this world and the other world, when Kukurihime-kami appeared suddenly and she took a message from her mother and then she added some enigmatic word to the message and whispered it to her father. On hearing this, Izanagi went back to the World of Gods convinced.

●What is the true identity of Kukurihime-kami appearing at this time?

●What was the enigmatic word Kukurihime-kami whispered?

●The relationship between Hakusan-Hime-okami and Kukurihime-kami

These questions have been regarded as riddles for many years in Shinto. I’m going to reveal the questions little by little.

  • huge fight 大げんか
  • border 境界
  • the other world あの世
  • suddenly 突然
  • enigmatic 謎の
  • whisper 囁く
  • convinced 納得して
  • true identity 正体
  • riddle 謎
  • reveal 明らかにする
  • little by little 少しづつ

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.


kukuri はくさん