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1 Ajisukitakahikone Other names: Ajishikitakahiko no kami, Ajishikitakahikone no kami Also known as Kamo no ōmikami; the offspring of the land-founding deity Ōkuninushi no kami, and Tagiribime no mikoto (one of the t
2 Akaruhime Other names: Himekoso no kami (Nihongi)According to the Suinin Tennōki, called Himekoso no yashiro no kami (deity of the Himekoso shrine), and wife of Amenohiboko. According to the Kojiki account, a w
3 Akiguinoushi A kami produced when Izanagi threw down an item of personal clothing. According to an "alternate writing" describing this incident in Nihongi, the deity was created from the formal trousers (mihakama)
4 Amaterasu Other names: Hi no kami (Kojiki, Nihongi), Amaterasu Ōhirumeno mikoto (or muchi), Tsukisakakiitsu no mitama Amazakarumukatsuhime no mikoto (Nihongi) "Kami of the Sun," first of the "three noble childr
5 Amatsukunitama Sire of Amewakahiko, who learned of his son's death by hearing the wailing voice of Shitateruhime (Amewakahiko's consort) carried on the wind. Together with Amewakahiko's family, Amatsukunitama descen
6 Amatsumara Other names: Amenomahitotsu no kami (Kogo shūi)A kami of ironworking (kajishin). Kojiki states that as the blacksmith of the Plain of High Heaven, Amatsumara was called upon to refine the iron used fo
7 Amenoakarutama Other names: Ama no akarutama, Toyotama (Nihongi), Tama no oya (Kojiki), Kushiakarutama no kami, Haakaru tama, Tamanoya no mikoto (Nihongi).According to Kojiki and an "alternate writing" transmitted b
8 Amenofuyukinu, Amenofukine Fifth generation descendants (or descendant; the two are frequently considered identical) of Susanoo. Kojiki relates that the Amenofuyukinu married Sashikuniwakahime and sired Ōkuninushi. According to
9 Amenohiwashi Described as the child of Tajikarao, ancestor of the Inbe clan of Awa Province, this deity is said to have planted paper mulberry trees and produced bark-fiber offerings (nigite) from them at the time
10 Amenohohi The second of five male children produced as the result of the trial by pledge (ukei) undertaken by Amaterasu and Susanoo, and known as ancestral kami (sojin) of the clans of Izumo. According to Kojiki
11 Amenoiwatowake Other names: Kushiiwamado no kami, Toyoiwamado no kami (Kojiki)Kami of the gateway. According to Kojiki, Amenoiwatowake was, together with the deities Omoikane and Tajikarao, ordered to accompany the
12 Amenokagami A kami found only in an "alternate writing" related by Nihongi. No details are provided regarding the kami other than the fact that it is described as the child of Kunitokotachi no mikoto. Whether the
13 Amenokagoyama Other names: Ama no kagoyama(Kuji hongi)Kumano no Takakuraji (Kojiki, Nihongi), Takakuraji no mikoto, Tekurihiko no mikoto(Kuji hongi).A kami which presented the sword Futsu no mitama to the emperor K
14 Amenokoyane Called an ancestor of the Nakatomi clan, this kami is described in various traditions as the child of Kogotomusuhi (Nihongi) or Kamimusuhi no kami (Kogo shūi), or a third generation descendant of Tsuh
15 Amenominakanushi Other names: Ame no minakanushi no mikoto(Nihongi)According to certain of the myths relating the unfolding of heaven and earth, Amenominakanushi was the first kami to come into being in the Plain of H
16 Amenoohabari Other names: Itsu no ohabari no kami(Kojiki), Ame no iwaya ni sumu kami, Itsu no ohashiri no kami (Nihongi).According to Kojiki, the name of the "ten-span sword" which Izanagi used to kill his offspri
17 Amenooshihi One of the kami accompanying the Heavenly Grandchild on his descent from heaven (tenson kōrin). Ancestral kami (sojin) of lineages descending from the Ōtomo and Saeki clans. According to Kogo shūi, Am
18 Amenooshihomimi Other names: Masakaakatsu kachihayahi ame no oshihomimi no mikoto(Kojiki,Nihongi), Masakaakatsu kachihayahi ame no oshihone no mikoto(Nihongi)One of the male kami produced as a result of the trial by
19 Amenosagume A vassal kami to Amewakahiko. In order to question Amewakahiko regarding his delayed return to Heaven, Amaterasu and Takamimusuhi sent a pheasant as observer and messenger. Amenosagume saw the pheasan
20 Amenosazuchi, Kuninosazuchi Two kami which came into being from the union of Ōyamatsumi no kami and Nozuchi no kami, which were kami with domain over mountains and plains. Amenosazuchi and Kuninosazuchi were both said to be stro