Japanese Mythology embraces Shinto and Buddhist traditions as well as agriculturally-based folk religion. The Shinto pantheon comprises innumerable kami (Japanese for "god(s)" or "spirits"). This article will discuss only the typical elements present in Asian mythology, such as cosmogony, important deities, and the best-known Japanese stories.
Japanese Mythology, as generally recognized in the mainstream today, are based on the Kojiki, the Nihon Shoki, and some complementary books. The Kojiki, or "Record of Ancient Matters", is the oldest surviving account of Japan's myths, legends and history.
This app explores as many as possible themes of myth and legend, as well as the cultural ritual practices that might in some way be connected to, that may have been the origin of the ancient myths and legends of Japan. DNA research has established that there are many lineages of populations within Japan that originated from elsewhere, and migrants bring their stories with themalthough these histories and their origins become obscured over the curtains of time. Consequently, this website represents a compendium of resources to allow the study and exploration of those myths and legends and ritual practices found in antiquity, all over the world, that might have found its migratory terminus in the land of Japan.
In a nutshell, this Japanese Mythology app attempts to map the mythologies of Japan and to back-track the trails of their origins outside of Japan.
Content of this app include:
(Ainu) Song of a Bear
Rain Deities and Wizards of Japan
About Japanese Superstitions
Ainu Creation Myth
Ainu Golden Horse Tales
Ainu Hare Legends
Ainu Legend of the Demiurge
Ainu Legend of the Trout
Ainu Flying Squirrel Legend
Ainu Descendants of Brown Bear
Ainu Salmon Legend
Ainu Ceremony of Mistress Swan
Ainu The Otter Legend
Amenokoyane & Koya-san
Arrow Divination & Yakudoshi Concepts
Ashinazuchi In Legend & Genealogy
Bamboo Superstitions & Fairytales
Demons & Beans
Bishamonten & Paper Tigers
Black Horses vs. White Horses
The Lion Dance
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