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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 107, Izanami Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 107, Izanami Summary and Analysis

Izanami was among the eight pairs of deities that arrived at the beginning of time. She is credited with the formation of land and life. She decides to take her brother Izanagi as her mate and approaches him and speaks of her desire. An ugly child, the Water Serpent Yebisu, is born from this union. He is sent off in the Boat of Heaven. The scribes of Emperor Temmu of Yamato claim that the tragic birth was caused by Izanami's disregard for courtly etiquette. It is the male that must speak first and the female should only respond in compliance. Izanami and Izanagi mate once more, but this time it is Izanagi who speaks of his desire and Izanami echoes his words. The islands of Japan result from this union. She also produces the sun, the moon, the sea...

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