Nobunaga Oda’s Origin

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Tsurugi shrine(劔神社), whose main deity is Susanoo-no-oh-kami(素戔嗚大神), is located at Echizen-chou of Nyu county in Fukui prefecture. His ancestors were administrators of manors in Oda region and his family was a prestigious one who had served Tsurugi shrine as shinto priests.

  • be located 位置している
  • prefecture 県
  • administrator of a manor  荘官
  • prestigious 由緒ある  

It’s interesting that Nobunaga Oda(織田信長)was from a town at the foot of Mt. Hakusan(白山). Taicho(泰澄), the founder of Mt. Hakusan worship, was also from a nearby town. Taicho, a historical monk with a supernatural power, and Nobunaga Oda, a radical reformer, are related to Mt. Hakusan, a spiritual mountain.

  • foot 麓
  • worship 信仰
  • nearby 近くの
  • supernatural power 神通力
  • reformer 改革者
  • related 関係している

It’s not groundless that Nobunaga Oda called himself Dairoku-ten-maou(第六天魔王), the Devil in the Sixth Heaven. I feel that the reason he called himself the Devil instead of Susanoo was because he knew by a divine oracle that his role in this world was one of a great reformer of Japan who couldn’t care less about massacres. He dared to call himself the Devil, playing the villain thoroughly. He also led himself to be murdered in the end so that the finale of the play could match with the role.

  • groundless 根拠がない
  • divine oracle 神のお告げ
  • massacre 虐殺
  • dare to~ あえて〜する
  • villain 悪役
  • thoroughly 徹底的に
  • murder 殺害する

There are many stories about the Devil in the Sixth Heaven. In the document of Heian period named Nakatomi-no-harai-kunge(中臣祓訓戒), Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami (天照太御神)was regarded as Dainichi-nyorai(大日如来)and she was asked by the Devil to accept a bond that allowed her to rule Japan. That is, she had the bond that allowed her descendants, or the emperor, to rule Japan, issued from the Devil, who had owned Japan from time immemorial, and it was guaranteed.

  • period 時代
  • regard  見なす
  • bond 証文
  • rule 支配する
  • emperor 天皇
  • descendant 子孫
  • guanrantee 保証する

Also, in the document named Tsuukai-sankei-ki(通海参詣記)written around the late thirteenth century, it is described that when Izanagi and Izanami took over the land from the Devil in the Sixth Heaven so that they would create Japan, the Devil made it a condition that the two gods would hate Buddhism. I’m not sure if Nobunaga knew about this, but he made an attack on Mt. Hieizan(比叡山), the head temple of Buddhism, and destroyed it.

  • take over A  Aを引き継ぐ
  • condition 条件
  • Buddhism 仏教
  • attack 攻撃
  • destroy 破壊する

The Devil appearing in these tales can be interpreted as Gozu-tennou(牛頭天王), Susanoo or Kunitokotachi-oh-kami(国常立太神). Interestingly, all prehistoric rulers of Japan were described as the Devil. However, historical truths are often tampered with by the powers of the day. In this case, I feel that the true identity of the Devil, who had owned Japan from time immemorial and terrified people, is the sealed-up, hidden indigenous god, namely Hakusan-shin(白山神), who brought all original gods together.

  • interpret 解釈する
  • interestingly 興味深いことに
  • prehistoric 有史以前の
  • tamper with A Aを改ざんする
  • seal up A Aを封印する
  • indigenous 土着の

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

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