Monday, April 13, 2015

K is for Kagutsuchi

Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.

I got a really weird one for you on this fine Monday. It's the Japanese myth of the fire spirit/diety, Kagutsuchi.

During his birth, he was so hot and fiery, his mother, Izanami, was burned during the delivery. Even though she was also a deity, he died. Kagutsuchi's father, Izanagi, in a fit of anger and madness, beheaded his child. Yeah. That's right. He beheaded his newborn son and then chopped him up into eight pieces.

Izanagi then went to the underworld to be with his wife, who also
was his sister (by the way). Izanami was stuck in the underworld, rotting with maggots all over her. She didn't want Izanagi to see her like that, so they divorced. Makes sense, right?

Meanwhile, the eight pieces of Kagutsuchi's body each became a volcano. The blood dripping from Izanagi's sword also spawned other deities including the rain and sea gods.

Kagutsuchi is depicted in several different ways in Japanese cartoons and comics. He's sometimes a powerful looking dude on fire, other times, he's a fire breathing dragon.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Quite the cartoon character!
That probably is the oddest one yet.

Jay Noel said...

I've got lots more odd coming your way.

Jo said...

Ah, Father Dragon. They were an incestuous bunch the Gods.

Christine Rains said...

Very cool. I've not heard this myth before. That's some hot fire to burn a deity!

cleemckenzie said...

Don't you love these myths? You have to wonder what people were high on when they created them.

Intangible Hearts said...

Sounds like izanami should be a curse word!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I've never heard this myth, but I like how it explains where volcanoes come from. Ew and maggots...I hear they have a problem with those in the underworld.

Jay Noel said...

This week is the week for WEIRD. I got some really messed up myths I'll be sharing in the next couple days.

farawayeyes said...

OK, this one is just plain weird! Just doesn't strike me as your normal 'mythical and magical' unicorn type of story. Ha!

Robin said...

There hot and there's HOT.

Chopping up your kid... that is really whacked out.

Pat Dilloway said...

Majes Perfect sense.

cube said...

Man, talk about a dysfunctional family. This guy takes the proverbial cake.

Chrys Fey said...

I love mythology! I hadn't heard this one before and really enjoyed it.

Anne Marie Schlueter said...

That is an intense name.

Patricia Lynne said...

o.O Wow. That is a crazy but awesome mythology.

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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Sandee said...

I didn't know about this. Very interesting.

Thanks for stopping by Comedy Plus. Cube is a pal of mine too.

Have a fabulous day. :)

David List said...

Your theme is awesome. I just read all the previous and will be returning for the rest.
I <3 monsters and myths.

Pat Hatt said...

Incest, Dragons and maggots, oh my lol

DEZMOND said...

that is one nasty story....

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I've always wanted to like dragons or at least accept them. But I find myself...scared and have determined, I cannot like them. Maybe it's a childhood thing.

Anonymous said...

Who wants your wife/sister (the real version of sister wives?) to see you rotting? Then again he's already beheaded and chopped into eight pieces so some maggots shouldn't be that big of a deal.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Damn that's violent.

Nick Wilford said...

That is really weird, even by myth terms.

Haneen I. Adam said...

it gets weirder and weirder with theses guys :| we're still in K and I can say I heard it all.

David P. King said...

So that's where all those volcanoes came from. You're blowing my mind, Jay! :)

betty said...

Got to say, that was one dysfunctional family!


Sandra Almazan said...

Funny how common brother-sister marriages are in myth, isn't it?

Tammy Theriault said...

I have a feeling Al the dragon would love this one!

Melanie Schulz said...

I agree with Sandra-- strange how often that happens.

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