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[ Japanese Sea Deities]

To: alt.religion.wicca
From: Lilly Willow 
Subject: Jaranese Sea Deities
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2000 15:11:33 -0700

Japanese God of the Sea.

Japanese mermaid Goddess who cries white pearl tears. It was said
if women could capture her and take a bite out of her, they would
have eternal youth and beauty.

(This story is similar to the story of Niamh)A young fisherman
married Oto-Hime and went to live in her castle below the waves.
They were very happy until he began to miss his family. Oto-Hime
gave him a little box that he must carry (and never open) so that
he could visit his family. When he reached his home, all of his
family and friends had died hundreds of years before. The
fisherman was so upset, that he sat down, and forgetting
Oto-Hime's instructions, opened the box. Out came the hundreds of
years he'd spent with the goddess. The fisherman withered and

This woman of Japan married a man who often traveled by sea. She
would stand at the seashore for hours and watch for his return.
She finally turned into the "Wife-Rock" of Futami.

"Lady Abundance of Jewels" married a mortal man, but warned him
not to look upon her as she gave birth to their child. (Similar
to the story of Melusine.) Her husband could not stay away, and
peaked into her hut made of Cormorant feathers (as all birds are
sacred to her) where he saw her in her true form, that of a
serpent/water dragon. Toyota-Mahime was so upset, she retreated
back to the ocean, with the child, and forever closed the doorway
that joined her realm to the realm of mortals.

I know a few people have been asking for Japanese sea deities, so
I hope this helps. Toyota-Mahime and Ningyo have been favorites
of mine for quite a while now. Good Luck!


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She comes more nearer earth than she was wont,
and makes men mad.


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