Izanami and Izanagi

A piece I did for the Shin Megami Tensei Network after someone in the Facebook group asked about the myth. Definitely a summary of events.

Shin Megami Tensei Network

Whether the first gods or the descendants of the first gods chosen to shape the land, Izanagi and Izanami are essential to Japanese mythology, especially Shinto. It’s no surprise then that they are central to Persona 4, the first Persona game to fully spread away from Greek mythology (though Persona 1 was far from exclusive) and use the myths native to Japan.

Izanami (She Who Beckons) and Izanagi (He Who Beckons) crafted much of Japan together, according to legends that date before the eighth century. Originally siblings, they then seem to have stumbled upon marriage, and sex, in order to begin populating the land with gods. It is good to note, this being Shinto, that many of those gods are aspects of Japan themselves, such as the sea and the rivers.

The most pivotal of the gods Izanami bore is Kagutsuchi. Born as Hi-no-yagi-haya-o (Swift Burning Flame Man), his fire…

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