第五章History of Izumo, Chapter 5

Okuninushi no Mikoto

Okuninushi no Mikoto and Suseribime who is Susanoo's daughter - ancient japan izumo travel guide

The story of the god who fell in love with Susanoo's daughter Okuninushi no Mikoto, who surpassed challenges and ruled over the Land of Izumo

There was a God called Ooanamuchi no Mikoto. Ooanamuchi was put to face danger numerous times by many God siblings of hers. Then, Ooanamuchi ran away to the land of Trees, to the palace of someone called Ooyabiko, but even there his God siblings came chasing after him. Ooyabiko then said as she was assisting Ooanamuchi's escape,” Go to Ne-no-kuni (Land of roots), where you'll find Susanoo.”

Ooanamuchi then ran to the Ne-no-kuni and met Susanoo's daughter called Suseribime. As Ooanamuchi and Suseribime’s eyes met, they began to fall for each other. Suseribime had Ooanamuchi meet her God father, Susanoo.
” Such a splendid person came to visit.”

Snake room - ancient japan izumo travel guide

Susanoo decided to test Ooanamuchi. Firstly, Susanoo had him sleep in the "snake room". There some snakes moved around and were on the brink of biting Ooanamuchi. So Suseribime, who got worried, went and handed him her Hire [a Cloth like a shawl], saying, ” If the snakes seem about to bite you, use this Hire, waving it three times.”

Doing as he had been told, the snakes stopped moving and didn't bite him. So Ooanamuchi could leave "the snake room” unharmed.

Next, Susanoo had Ooanamuchi go into “the room of centipede and bees". There were many centipedes and bees there, they seemed just about to attack him. Suseribime took the other Hire she had on her shoulders and said giving it to him.
” If the centipedes and bees attack you, take this Hire and wave it three times.”
Doing as he was told; the centipedes and bees became still and didn't attack him. So Ooanamuchi could leave “the room of centipedes and bees” unharmed.

The room of centipede and bees - ancient japan izumo travel guide

After that, Susanoo brought Ooanamuchi to a large field. So, he shot an arrow which made sound, ordering him to go and find it. Just as Ooanamuchi was about to enter the fields, Susanoo set them on fire, which was enclosing the plane. Ooanamuchi then quickly got surrounded by fire.

Then a single mouse came out and said,” Inside is wide, outside is narrow”[The inside of the hole is wide, the entrance is narrow]” I see, that's what it means”

He stepped on the ground, then a hole opened and Ooanamuchi fell inside it, where he could hide.

Ooanamuchi surprisingly found not loose but many centipedes - ancient japan izumo travel guide

The fire passed and he was saved. After a while, the mouse went to search for the arrow making sound and brought it to him. But to surprise, the feathers on the arrow were gone. Mice had eaten it up.

After the arrow was returned, Susanoo took Ooanamuchi back home and they entered a gigantically large room together, giving him another order. "Take the louse from my hair." Ooanamuchi did as he was told and took at peek at his head. Doing so, he surprisingly found not loose but many centipedes.

Suseribime then brought peeled fruit and red earth and gave them to Ooanamuchi, whispering at his ear.” Bite this fruit and put the red earth together in your mouth, then spit them out. My father should then think that you are biting and exterminating one centipede after another"

Ooanamuchi tied up Susanoo's long hair on the rooms trees - ancient japan izumo travel guide

It was just like Suseribime said. Susanoo thought, "He is quite a charming fellow, he bites the centipedes and exterminating them.”, then feeling at ease, he fell asleep.

”Now’s our chance, let's run together!”

Ooanamuchi tied up Susanoo's long hair on the rooms trees and blocked the house entrance with a huge boulder.

After that, carrying Suberibime on his back, he stole Susanoo's Sword, bow and arrow, koto (Japanese harp) and ran away. Then the koto touched trees, making the ground shake and echo.
Susanoo woke up and turned up the room together with him as he stood up.

Ooanamuchi who became Okuninushi no Mikoto, chased away his siblings and created a country - ancient japan izumo travel guide

While Susanoo was unbinding his hair from the trees, the two of them ran off far away. Susanoo came chasing after them up to Yomotsu Hirasaka [The boundary between this world and the other world], but the two were running away much further that, so Susanoo said to them,"Use the Sword, Arrow & bow to chase away your God siblings.

Then take the name of Okuninushi, go together with Suseribime to the bottom of Mt. Uka and build up a palace with thick pillars seeming to reach the sky and live there.”

Doing as he was told, it came to pass that Ooanamuchi who became Okuninushi no Mikoto, chased away his siblings and created a country.