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An Ode to Shinto God Susano-O

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Susano-O no Mikoto

God of storms and sea

Brave and Swift

Volatile and Impetuous

Impulsive and Kind

 

Born from Izanagi,

The Male Who Invites

as he was cleansing

Underworld impurities

from his regal nose

 

Wailing and lamenting

from the first breath

Susano-O Rough Spirit

refused to be calm

so banished to the netherworld

 

A farewell trip to sister Amaterasu

noisily made, startling her so

led to demands for proof

Of friendship and peace

which he then demanded in turn

 

So together they created more gods

three goddesses from his sword

chewed and spat out by Amaterasu

five gods from her necklace

chewed and spat out by Susano-O

 

So excited by his deed

Susano-O lost control and reason

destroying rice fields of heaven

and their irrigation ditches

defiling a temple of his sister

 

In fear Amaterasu, Goddess of the Sun

hid her light in a cave

blocked by a large rock

plunging all the heavens

and all the world into darkness

 

Only by cleverness and luck

did the other gods

persuade her out again

Once again Susano-O was punished

and immediately banished from heaven

 

Susano-O Gentle Spirit

came upon a crying family of three

was told of the danger

to their last living daughter

by an eight-forked serpent

 

Susano-O Comb-Transforming Spirit

received the daughter into his care

and transformed her into a hair comb

tucked into his tresses for safekeeping

then divine and parents built a trap

 

Susano-O defeated the serpent

some say thru trickery

others say in fierce combat

obtaining a divine weapon

gifted to Amaterasu in atonement

 

Susano-O the multifaceted

Rough in personality

Loving, teasing older brother

Kind and courageous to those in need

Great one we remember you.

 

 

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So much has changed for me in the last year. I'm an eclectic polytheist whose main divinities are Heru-ur, Isis, Zeus, Hermes and Hestia. I'm a mother, wife and Librarian living in the Rocky Mountains stumbling on my path and wondering what the heck I'm doing. Blessed be.

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