Yata no Kagami - The sacred mirror of Japan

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Who doesn't have a mirror at home? After all, it is a widely used object, and in many ways. However, mirrors are often associated with supernatural phenomena or something religious. In Japan, Yata no kagami, is a sacred mirror for the country.

Why is it considered a sacred object? What is the story behind its importance? These are answers that we will give throughout this article to everyone. After all, it is not any object that is part of a country's national treasure.

Yes, Yata no Kagami [八咫の鏡] is one of the three sacred objects called sanjingi [三神器] that are part of the Imperial Regalia of Japan. Remembering that this is the mirror, we still have a sword and a magatama stone. But let's talk about these objects in other articles. We will explain shortly what we have in hand.

These round mirrors made of bronze, silver or gold date back many years before Christ. They were also common in China and Egypt, but it was the Japanese who considered such objects as something rare and mysterious.

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Yata no Kagami - The mirror of eight ta

Yata no Kagami, can be literally translated as “the mirror of eight ta”. Ta is a unit of measurement for diameter. This name refers to its shape and size, which you can see in the image.  

Yata no kagami – o espelho sagrado do japão

This sacred mirror, as already said, is part of the Imperial Regalia of Japan. It is said to be located in the Great Shrine of Ise, in Mie Prefecture, Japan. This is stated even with the lack of public access to have a verification. .

Like the other treasures, Yata no Kagami represents a certain virtue. In this case, "wisdom" or "honesty", depending on the source. The mirrors in ancient Japan represented the truth because they simply reflected what was shown.

In addition, mirrors have always been considered a source of much mystique and reverence. Japanese folklore is full of life stories before mirrors were common. In Shinto, this mirror was forged by the deity Ishikoridome.

Yata no kagami – o espelho sagrado do japão

Along with the Yasakani no magatama stone, the Yata no Kagami was hung from a tree by the deity. With the intention of attracting Amaterasu, the divinity of the sun, of a cave. They were handed over to Amaterasu's grandson, Ninigi-no-Mikoto.

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It was delivered when it was pacifying Japan with the Kusanagi sword. From there, the treasures passed into the hands of the Imperial House of Japan. And as we know, these objects remain sacred and immaculate to this day.

YATA NO KAGAMI and the 3 sacred treasures

The mirror, the magatama stone and the sword are as sacred as any Vatican treasure. And like them, they are not usually presented freely to the general public.

The exhibitions are very rare, in the case of Yata no Kagami, we can say that it is a mystery. After all, there is a certain incident that leaves the truth a little blurred.

Yata no kagami – o espelho sagrado do japão
The mirror in the image represents the true form of yata no kagami

In 1040, the compartment that contained the Sacred Mirror ended up being burned in a fire. Whether that mirror was irrevocably lost or not is a mystery. This is a question that few, or even nobody, knows the answer to.

It is common to hear that he is housed today in the Great Shrine of Ise. At the same time that a replica is enshrined in Three Shrines of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. It is worth taking a look to confirm how it is treated. After all, it is a national treasure.

What is your opinion about yata no kagami?

It is complicated to try to guess where a sacred object might be. In fact, you can't do that without a lot of important information. Which are often restricted access, which few people are allowed to access. That is, only very well-educated figures can know that.

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But one thing is a fact, this is an item that Japan highly appreciates. We can state this only because it is one of the three sacred objects in Japan. Yata no Kagami ends up being an object adored by the masses and which is part of the country's culture.

But anyway, it's not because we don't know that we can't try to guess its whereabouts. Leave it in the comments where you think you might be.