A handy list of links to installments of “The Kojiki–As Told By Brittany“, an educational project produced 2012-2015.
The Kojiki (711-712 AD), is the oldest chronicle of Japanese mythology, and together with the Nihonshoki (720 AD), it makes up the basis of Shinto religious/cultural practice. Most of content is the same, but there is some Nihonshoki-only material I’ll be making use of as well. Furthermore, the Izumo-no-Kuni-Fudoki (Chronicles of Ancient Izumo, 713-733 AD) is one of the most complete records of local folklore from this period, and the stories of deities included in that are also part of general Izumo mythology. These are the stories of Kami (gods) that have populated Japan since ancient times, and many of the legends took place in the San’in region. You can still visit the sites where a lot of these events took place!
Story 1: To Yomi and Back Again
Kuni-umi, Kami-umi, & Yomi-no-Kuni Houmon
—-Matsue: Iya Shrine
—-Matsue: Kamosu Shrine
—-Matsue: Manai Shrine
Story 2: Intoxicating the Serpent
Story 5: Fatal and Fateful Trials
Yasogami no Hakugai & Ne-no-Kuni Houmon
—-Akaiwa Shrine, Shimizui, and Ishinomiya Shrine
—-Oiwami Shrine, Tono Shrine, Mii Shrine
Story 6: Beauty and the Crocasharkagator
~FUDOKI SPECIAL: Shitaiyama~
Story 7: Growing Pains of the Land and Family
Okuninushi-no-mikoto no Tsumadoi & Sukunabikona-no-kami to Kuni-tsukuri
—-Daikoku and Ebisu as local deities
—-Miho Shrine, the home of local deities under multiple names
Story 8: Birth and Bright Light
~FUDOKI SPECIAL: Sada-no-Okami Tanjou~
—-Kaka-no-Kukedo, the marine caves
—-Sada Shrine (Intro)
—-Sada Shrine (Architecture)
—-Sada Shin-Noh (UNESCO Intangible World Heritage)
Story 9: Relinquishing the Land
—-Effects of handing over the land
—-Miho Shrine: Kuniyuzuri rituals
—-Izumo Taisha: Shrine Layout
—-Izumo Taisha: Kamiarizuki and En-musubi
Note: For entertainment and narrative purposes, these are highly, highly simplified. These are meant to inform readers of the basics of the legends as they relate to the San’in region, and are no substitute for formal study. There is much more to know that is not captured in span of this project!
I own all of the artwork for these Kojiki interpretations. You are welcome to use them provided you credit Brittany Partin and provide the URL to San’in Monogatari (saninstory.wordpress.com), preferably as a link. Out of curiousity, I would also appreciate being informed how and where you use them!