Kusanagi – The Holy Sword of Japan

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Kusanagi no Tsurugi, or as it is more commonly called, Kusanagi. This is a legendary Japanese sword, as well as being one of the three sacred treasures of the Imperial Regalia of Japan. This sword is involved with tales and various types of mysticism.

But the important thing is that she is revered and adored. Whether for its history, or for its importance in the country's culture. In folklore, the sword represents the virtue of value. Just as we have other articles on the other sacred treasures, today it is the turn of the sacred sword. Yasakani no magatama, Yata no Kagami.

For those who haven't seen it yet, I recommend that you take a look at the articles on The Sacred Mirror and the sacred jewel of Japan. In this article, we will talk about some beliefs and some legends involving the Kusanagi sword. So let's get down to business.

Kusanagi - the sacred sword of japan

The history of the Kusanagi sword

The story of Kusanagi no Tsurugi comes from a legend, described in the main storybooks in Japan. According to Kojiki, the god Susanoo found a family of kunitsukami, "earth gods", in Izumo province. This family was in mourning, and was led by the land god Ashinazuchi.

So Susanoo decided to ask Ashinazuchi the reason for the grief. Soon, the god told him that his family was being devastated by the fearsome Yamata-no-Orochi. The latter was a snake with eight heads and eight tails of Koshi. Which had already consumed seven of the family's eight daughters. Already on the present occasion, the creature was coming to consume the last daughter, Kushinada-hime.

Susanoo investigated the creature and, after an abortive encounter, returned with a plan to defeat it. In return, he asked Kushinada-hime's hand in marriage, which was accepted by the family. Then, he temporarily turned her into a comb to have his company during the battle. Soon after, he detailed his plan in stages.

Kusanagi - the sacred sword of japan

He instructed that eight vats of sake (rice wine) were prepared. They should be placed on individual platforms positioned behind a fence with eight gates. Each platform would have a service barrel, located behind each gate.

The monster took the bait and placed one of its heads on each gate. With this distraction, Susanoo attacked and killed the beast with his Worochi sword at Ara-masa. He cut off each head and then headed for the tails. On the fourth tail, he discovered a large sword inside the snake's body.

For this sword, he named it Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi. But he didn't decide to stay with her. He presented the sword to the goddess Amaterasu, his sister, to resolve an old complaint.

The exchange of names of the Kusanagi sword

During the reign of the twelfth Emperor, Keikō, Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi was given to a great warrior. This warrior's name was Yamato Takeru. The sword was presented to him as part of a pair of gifts given by his aunt, Yamatohime-no-mikoto.

Yamato Takeru was once lured into open pasture during a hunting expedition by a treacherous warrior. You fired arrows of fire to light the grass and arrest Yamato Takeru in the field. In the hope that it would burn to death. The warrior also killed the warrior's horse to prevent his escape.

Kusanagi - the sacred sword of japan

Desperately, Yamato Takeru used Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugip to mow the lawn and remove fuel from the fire. However, in doing so, he found that the sword allowed him to control the wind. Taking advantage of this magic, Yamato Takeru used his other gift and increased the fire in the direction of the lord and his men.

In addition, he used the sword-controlled winds to sweep fire towards them. In triumph, Yamato Takeru renamed the sword Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi ("Lawn Mower Sword"). Eventually, Yamato Takeru got married and later died in battle against a monster. For he ignored his wife's advice to take the sword with him.

Speculation about the kusanagi sword

Kusanagi is reportedly held at the Atsuta Shrine, but is not available for public viewing. Furthermore, its existence cannot be confirmed. During the Edo period, several repairs and maintenance were carried out at the Atsuta Shrine. This includes replacing the outer wooden case of the sword.

Shinto priest Matsuoka Masanao claimed to have been one of several priests to have seen the sword. He stated:

“A stone box was inside a 150 cm long wooden box, with red clay in the opening between them. Inside the stone box was a hollow trunk of a camphor tree, acting like another box, with a lined interior. Above that, a sword was placed, and there was also red clay between the stone box and the camphor box.

The sword was about 82 centimeters long and its blade resembled a calamus leaf. The middle of the sword had a grip thickness of about 18 centimeters with a fishbone appearance. The sword was modeled in a metallic white color and well maintained. ”

After witnessing the sword, the high priest was banished and the other priests, except Matsuoka, died of strange diseases. The above account comes from the only survivor, Matsuoka.

What is your theory about Kusanagi?

The current state of the Kusanagi sword, or even its existence as a historical artifact, cannot be confirmed. We can blame the refusal of the Shinto priests to show the sword. Or even the unreliable nature of its historical references.

All of this, only makes the speculation and curiosity of the people increase more and more. The sword's last appearance was when Emperor Akihito ascended the throne. At the enthronement ceremony, the sword, in addition to the Yasakani jewel in the Magatama and the Emperor's seal and the State Seal were wrapped in packages.

But anyway, what do you think about this subject? Do you have any theory? Leave your comments below, also leave your questions, suggestions or something like that. Also, share and enjoy the website page on social networks, it helps a lot. In addition, thanks for reading the article so far, until the next.

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