Encyclopedia of Shinto

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カテゴリー1: 2. Kami (Deities)
カテゴリー2: Kami in Classic Texts
Text [Ōtoshi no kami] (Kojiki)
The offspring of Susanoo and Kamuōichihime (daughter of Ōyamatsumi). Together with his sibling Ukanomitama no kami and his offspring Mitoshi no kami, Ōtoshi is viewed as a tutelary of grains. Shrines dedicated to this deity can be found throughout Japan under the name Ōtoshi Jinja.

According to a lineage transmitted only in Kojiki, Ōtoshi no kami wed Inohime and sired Ōkunimitama no kami, Kara no kami, Sohori no kami, Shirahi no kami, and Hijiri no kami. With Kaguyohime, he produced Ōkagayamatomi no kami and Mitoshi no kami. And with Amechikarumizuhime he produced Okitsuhiko no kami, Okitsuhime no mikoto (also known as Ōbehime no kami), Ōyamakui no kami (also known as Yamasuenoōnushi no kami), Niwatsuhi no kami, Asuha no kami, Hahiki no kami, Kaguyamatomi no kami, Hayamato no kami, Niwatakatsuhi no kami, and Ōtsuchi no kami (also known as Tsuchinomioya no kami). Most of these kami possess characteristics suggesting they were deities worshiped by immigrants, deities dedicated at distinguished shrines, and deities related to agriculture.

-Nakayama Kaoru, Yumiyama Tatsuya

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