If you missed my article on Baba Yaga, you can find it here.
Tsukuyomi, also known as Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto, is the Moon God of Japanese mythology. He is a God that prides himself on beauty and order. So much so that he is willing to set aside etiquette and kill for it.
Tsukuyomi’s parents are Izanagi and Izanami, the creators of the Japanese archipelago and parents of the Japanese pantheon of goddesses and gods. His sister Amaterasu, Goddess of the Sun, is his wife and she hates him. Stories have not told if Tsukuyomi is the father of Amaterasu’s children. His brother Susanoo rules the storms and the Underworld. Leaders throughout Japan’s history have more often claimed to be descendants of his wife, Amaterasu, but rarely of Tsukuyomi. Most consider him a bad or evil god.
At one time Tsukuyomi and Amaterasu were married and ruled together. Things were ok. Uke Mochi, the Japanese Goddess of food put on a feast. Of the deities invited, both Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi were on that list. Unfortunately, Amaterasu could not attend so she sent Tsukuyomi to represent them both. Uke Mochi had an interesting way of making food. She spits it out and pulled it out of body holes. I must say, I find that disconcerting. Tsukuyomi found it vilely disgusting. Rather than having a conversation about it with her, he kills her where she stands. Horrified her husband would do such an evil thing, Amaterasu banish Tsukuyomi from the Heavens. This is how night and day came to be and how it will stay. Tsukuyomi will never again hold his wife. Even during an eclipse, he is unable to touch her, only chase her.
Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi, and Susanoo are the three noble children of Izanagi and Izanami. Some would say only Izanagi as Izanami was already dead and it was when Izanagi returned from trying to get Izanami that they were “born”. Upon his return, Izanagi needed to cleanse the underworld off him. When he washed Amaterasu sprang first from his right eye, then Tsukuyomi from his left. Finally, Susanoo from his nose. I have linked the articles I have done for Amaterasu and Susanoo for you too.
Do you think Tsukuyomi’s punishment was too severe? Or not severe enough? Would you still be chasing your significant other multiple millions of years later? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Until next week…