Multiplicity of Stories Hidden in Kojiki PART 2

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In the description of 2), a lot of events are included, ranging from various aspects of the spirit world to events happening in the World of Reality.

To remove her misunderstanding, Susanoo proposed making Ukehi, an oath, with each other. The two gods made an oath each on the opposite side of Ameno-yasu-no-kawa river(天の安の河).

What occurs to my mind after reading this description is the fact that a shrine maiden, who represented the Japanese side, faced up to the armed soldiers of the maritime people from Korean peninsula across a river on the border between Kyoto and Nara.

  • include 含める
  • range 範囲に及ぶ
  • occur to A Aの頭に思い浮かぶ
  • shrine maiden 巫女
  • represent 代表する
  • maritime 海洋の
  • border 境

The people from Korean peninsula, thinking that they couldn’t defeat the enemy because they were outnumbered in the foreign country, proposed exchanging their metal swords and arms for food and seeds of crops in order to prove that they had no intention to invade Japan. Then the Japanese side accepted it.

  • defeat 負かす
  • outnumber 〜より数で勝る
  • exchange 交換する
  • invade 侵略する

First, Amaterasu received a Totsuka-no-tsurugi sword(十拳剣) from Susanoo and broke it into three pieces, put them into Ama-no-manai waterside(天の真名井), shook them in it, crunched them in her mouth, and spewed them up. And from the fog of her breath then, three goddesses were born.

I feel that the Totsuka-no-tsurugi sword doesn’t refer to a long sword, and that the word “Totsuka” that has the meaning of “ten” in Japanese, means “a lot.” A lot of metal sword the Japanese side received were very rare for them. But thinking of such dangerous things as unnecessary for them, they asked the people to teach them their foundry techniques with the use of cupola furnace.

  • refer to A Aを指す
  • rare 珍しい
  • foundry technique 鋳造技術
  • cupola furnace 溶解炉

Then, the Japanese made the metal swords into metal mirrors. They treated the metal mirrors reflecting a face as Goshintai(御神体), an object for worship put in a shrine, and cherished them. “Goddesses” in the description means the metal mirrors. Also, “crunched them in her mouth, and spewed them up. And from the fog of her breath” is the description of tatara-ironmaking process, I feel.

  • make A into B  AをBに作り変える
  • reflect 映す
  • object 物
  • cherish 大切にする

Next, Susanoo received from Amaterasu Yasaka-no-magatama-no-ihotsu-no-misumaru-no-tama (八尺の勾玉の五百箇の御珠の珠)that she wore, put it into Ama-no-manai, shook it in it, crunched it in his mouth, and spewed it up. And from the fog of his breath, five gods were born.

This description is about a large amount of crop of various kinds the Japanese side gave to the people and the acceptance of the crop by them. “Received and crunched” means they received the crop and ate it literally.

  • a large amount of A 大量のA
  • various 様々な
  • acceptance 受領
  • literally 文字通り

“From the fog of his breath, five gods were born,” – here, events that happened in the World of Gods in super-ancient times are combined abruptly beyond age and dimension. In another myth, Susanoo, after receiving rice seeds from Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami, made them into five kinds of foundation seeds of trees. I feel that these are the foundation seeds of hinoki cypresses, Japanese cedars, camphor trees, zelkova and pine trees. It is in the World of Gods that the foundation seeds of trees sprang from rice seeds. “Susanoo bore five gods” describes this spiritual phenomenon.

  • combine 組み合わせる
  • abruptly 唐突に
  • dimension 次元
  • myth 神話
  • rece seed 稲
  • foundation seed 原種
  • phenomenon 現象

As stated above, Kojiki is a story compiling various events regardless of time series. This is one of the reasons why Kojiki is hard to understand and is suspected to be a forged book. But such events are not compiled at random. Various events with the same level of spiritual karma are compiled so as to become one story. This is not what an ordinary man can do. A man with a psychic ability to see through ages and dimensions at will can only do this. That is, a super-ancient spirit, through the possession of the author, was involved in the compilation of the book.

  • regardless of A Aに関係なく
  • time series 時系列
  • forged book 偽書
  • so as to~  〜する様に
  • ordinary 普通の
  • see through A Aを見通す
  • at will 自在に
  • involved 関わった

My interpretations this time are just about an aspect of the multiplicity of Kojiki. More than three spiritual interpretations occur to me in reading the same sentence. For example, the word “ukehi” conjures up the intercourse with foreign people, the birth of children of mixed race and so on.

  • conjure up A Aを想起させる
  • intercourse 性交
  • race 人種
  • and so on など

Also, families all over the world have had the same kind of problems such as conflicts between father and the second son or wandering lives of runaway boys just like the problems have been transcribed and reproduced again and again. In short, events that happened in the World of Gods have been reproduced repeatedly in different forms in the World of Reality.

  • conflict 争い
  • wandering 放浪
  • runaway 家出
  • transcribe 転写する
  • reproduce 再現する

I believe that Kojiki is not just a book of compilation of the past events that happened in a number of dimensions. There’s a good possibility that Kojiki predicts the future. Kojiki is also a book of prophecy.

  • a number of A いくつものA
  • possiblity 可能性
  • predict 予言する
  • prophecy 予言

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