Susanoo

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Susanoo, also Susano-o, Susa-no-o, and Susanowo, (Japanese: 須佐之男命, Susanoo-no-mikoto) in Shinto is the god of the sea and storms.

Susanoo killed the eight-headed serpent Orochi by after giving it eight bowls of sake (one for each head), then decapitating the monster once it had fallen asleep. Susanoo then pulled the sword kusanagi from one of Orochi's tails, a sword which he later gave to his sister Amaterasu. He then married the girl that was about to be eaten by Orochi.

Susanoo is the brother of Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun, and of Tsukiyomi, the god of the moon. All three were spawned from Izanagi, when he washed his face clean of the pollutants of Yomi, the underworld. Amaterasu was born when Izanagi washed out his left eye, Tsukiyomi was born from the washing of the right eye, and Susanoo from the washing of the nose.

There is a long-standing rivalry between Susanoo and his sister. Significantly, he was the one who drove Amaterasu into Amano-Iwato, the "heavenly rock cave", thus effectively hiding the sun for a long period of time.

Susanoo in works of fiction

He is portrayed in the anime Blue Seed and the Masamune Shirow manga Orion. He is also portrayed as a boss in the video game Shadow Hearts: Covenant.

Related articles

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