Sunday, January 3, 2010

Well, That's Interesting: Japanese Mythology

I found an interesting - if somewhat unorganized - page on one aspect of Japanese culture: (Mythology as: "myths collectively; the body of stories associated with a culture or institution or person" (Princeton's WordNet)

I'm a bit curious about how the page was written. One paragraph ends with this fragment:

"Standing on the floating bridge of heaven, Izanagi and Izanami stirred the primeval ocean with a"

And that's where it ends. I've no idea what Izanagi and Izanami were stirring the ocean with. Oh, well. Maybe it's the jeweled spear that drops abruptly into the next paragraph.

There's an interesting account of Izanagi and Izanami, after Izanagi's departure to the netherworld, that has a sort of parallel in the story of Persephone.

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