Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Susanoo no mikoto
Text The younger brother of Amaterasu ômikami. According to the mythic record, he was unable to contain his own great power and often caused disturbances among the gods. He was once banished from Takama no Hara but later conquered an eight-headed dragon called Yamata no Orochi, saved its victim (a young maiden), and gained possession of the sword that is now one of the three imperial regalia (sanshu no shinki). He was thus transformed into a benevolent deity and is now especially petitioned for salvation from disaster. He is identified with Gozu Tennô and enshrined at Yasaka Jinja in Kyoto. See also Gion.