What Yamata-no-orochi legend Means

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I just gave psychic reading to the legend of Yamata-no-orochi(ヤマタノオロチ)appearing in Japanese myths. This story includes some incidents of different periods and can be interpreted differently. This time, I’ll write about the incident of about 3500 years ago, which is relatively new of all the incidents and the core of the whole story.

  • legend 伝説
  • myth 神話
  • incident 出来事
  • period 時代
  • intepret 解釈する
  • relatively 比較的
  • core 各
  • whole 全体の

Yamata-no-orochi doesn’t mean “a giant snake” but “Orochi of Yamataikoku,” historical Japanese state thought to have existed during the late Yayoi period. Yamataikoku was near Hakusan (白山)of the present time and later it moved to Nara(奈良). So the center of Yamataikoku was between Hukui (福井) and Ishikawa (石川) of the present time. Yama(=山, mountain) taikoku(=大国, big power)equals “the big power surrounded by mountains.”

  • giant snake 大蛇
  • state 国家
  • exist 存在する
  • the big power 大国
  • surround 囲む

After the Hakusan dynasty was assaulted by a foreign tribe, the people of the different tribe seem to have mixed with the Japanese and spread, with the lodgment area in Hokuriku region(北陸). From the Chinese continent, culture as well as the people flowed in Japan. Orochi refers to the people from China. Spiritually, it sounds like “the Orushie.” Later this Yamataikoku(ヤマタイコク) moved to the present Nara prefecture and became what is called Yamataikoku(邪馬台国).

  • dynasty 王朝
  • assault 急襲する
  • tribe 部族
  • spread 広がる
  • lodgment area 拠点
  • as well as A Aだけでなく
  • flow in A Aに流入する
  • refer to A Aを指している

Yamata-no-orochi means ” the Orushie people in Hakusan.” They came from the Chinese continent with iron swords and invaded toward Kyushu region(九州)taking the local Japanese prisoners. They were making an expedition from Hokuriku, a cold region, toward a warm region, when Susanoo(スサノオ), who is strongly related to the Hakusan dynasty, was born as a human in Izumo region(出雲)and avenged the descendants of the different tribe invading Japan. This is the true story of the legend of Yamatano-orochi. He, a god who took the form of a human, mounted a counterattack and destroyed the home ground of the different tribe in Hakusan. And he gave the dominion over Japan to a certain group who worshiped Amaterasuohomikami(天照太御神) and was connected to the Hebrews.

Yoshitoshi_Nihon-ryakushi_Susanoo-no-mikoto

  • iron sword 鉄剣
  • invade 侵略する
  • take A a prisoner Aを捕虜にする
  • make an expedition 遠征をする
  • related 関係している
  • avenge 返り討ちにする
  • descendant 子孫
  • mount a counterattack 逆襲に出る
  • destroy 破壊する
  • dominion 支配権
  • worship 祭る
  • the Hebrews ユダヤ人

This incident is described in the scene of the myth where Susanoo dedicates Amano-murakumono-tsurugi sword(天叢雲剣 )to Amaterasuohomikmai. The reason why the different tibe is represented as a giant snake is that the Japanese abhorred them, that they came from the area of Hakusan where Kuzuryu River(九頭竜川)was(the Japanese looked on the river as a giant snake)and, what is more important, that they had tatara iron making method for making swords and the sight of red molten iron flowing was compared to the giant snake. It was the red hot iron which was represented as the giant snake with red eyes in the myth.

  • represent A as B AをBとして描く
  • dedicate 捧げる
  • abhor 忌み嫌う
  • look on A as B AをBと見なす
  • iron making method 製鉄技術
  • sight 様子
  • molten iron 溶鉄
  • compare A to B AをBに譬える

Today too,

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