A/n - Plz do not crucify me for spelling; I'm a bad speller. Some of the beginning of this story comes from the Japanese story of creation the rest, except some of the gods names, is my own idea. Also, I do not own Inu Yasha (though I wish I did) or any of its characters. Enjoy.
2 A/N – Okay I accidentally erased this though I did not mean too. You are all lucky I printed a hard copy because I've been transcribing since, though I deserve any flames for my bad behavior because I can't remember my original summary and that's bad as I have photo graphic memory and remember only my fingers as I typed – not all that helpful. Because of this I had the chance to edit, edit I did, not much though. Enjoy.
Preface: The True Story
We all know the story of creation, a story of heart break and sorrow. This story started with the first gods.
The first gods Kunitokotachi and Amenominakanushi summoned two divine beings into existence, the male Izanagi and the female Izanami, and charged them with creating the first land. To help them do this, Izanagi and Izanami were given a spear decorated with jewels, named Ame-no-nuboko. The two deities then went to the bridge between heaven and earth and churned the sea below with the spear. When drops of salty water fell from the spear, Onogoroshima was created. They descended from the bridge of heaven and made their home on the island.
Eventually they wished to be mated, so they built a pillar called Ame-no-mihashira and around it they built a palace called Yahiro-dono. Izanagi and Izanami circled the pillar in opposite directions, and when they met on the other side, Izanami spoke first in greeting. Izanagi didn't think that this was the proper thing to do, but they mated anyhow. They had two children, Hiruko and Awashima, but they were born deformed and are not considered deities.
They put the children into a boat and set them out to sea, then petitioned the other gods for an answer as to what they did wrong. They were told that the male deity should have spoken first in greeting during the marriage ceremony. So Izanagi and Izanami went around the pillar again, this time Izanagi speaking first when they meet, and their marriage was then successful. From their union were born the ōyashima, or the "great eight islands" of the Japanese chain. They bore six more islands and many deities.
Izanami died giving birth to the child Kagu-Tsuchi or Ho-Masubi. She was then buried on Mt. Hiba. So angry was Izanagi at the death of his wife that he killed the newborn child, thereby creating dozens of deities.
Izanagi lamented the death of Izanami and undertook a journey to Yomi to save his wife. Quickly, he searched for Izanami and found her. At first, Izanagi could not see her at all for the shadows of Yomi hid her appearance well. Nevertheless, he asked her to return with him. Izanami spat out at him, informing Izanagi that he was too late. She had already eaten the food of the underworld and was now one with the land of the dead. She could no longer return to the living, as were the laws of heaven.
Izanagi was shocked at this news but he refused to give in to her wishes of being left to the dark embrace of Yomi. While Izanami was sleeping, he took the comb that bound his long hair and set it alight as a torch. Under the sudden burst of light, he saw the horrid form of the once beautiful and graceful Izanami. She was now a rotting form of flesh with foul creatures running over her body.
Crying out loud, Izanagi could no longer control his fear and started to run, intending to return to the living and abandon his death-ridden wife. Izanami woke up shrieking and indignant and chased after him. Wild shikome, foul women and servants of Izanami, also hunted for the frightened Izanagi, instructed to bring him back.
Izanagi burst out of the entrance and quickly pushed a boulder in the mouth of the Yomotsuhirasaka. Izanami screamed from behind this impenetrable barricade and told Izanagi that if he left her she would destroy 1,000 residents of the living every day. He furiously replied he would give life to 1,500 in the same day.
What few know is what happened after.
The great god Inari and his kitsune freed the entrapped goddess, whose anger melted away the rotting flesh turning it into immortal flesh immune to rotting, her once rich honey turned midnight black, eyes at one time green now sapphire blue, and her complexion was no longer sun-kissed; it was pale. Inari not knowing this new beauty for who she was, asked her to identify herself.
Izanami's only reply was, "I am the goddess of the dead, and I seek Izanagi, god of creation."
Inari, taken back from the statement, took the new goddess to heaven where the gods were gathering to morn the passing of Izanami. Upon her entry of heaven, Izanami realized that the gods where in morning for her. Izanagi was speaking to the assembled gods of her greatness and beauty. Choosing to interrupt the assembled gods, and her mate, she spooked quietly carrying her voice above all.
"Why do you assemble for one who is not dead, but a true immortal? I, Izanami, goddess of creation and now the goddess of death, need not be mourned for I shall always live."
All the assemble gods and Izanagi, turned to view the new goddess to grace the halls of heaven. Izanagi looked at the dark beauty and hastily bit out, "you are not my wife and mate."
Izanami turned cold eyes upon him and said, "Oh, you traveled all the way to see my changing form, and in mid transformation you are disgusted with what you see and run from your wife and mate." Continuing she also stated, "I have come for you, not because I harbor felling for you, but because in your haste to leave you ate the food of my land and hence belong to me. No one but I knew of this dear brother."
In a fit of rage Inzangi screamed, "I disclaim everything you state heathen!"
Amarerasu, ruler of the gods and the goddess of the sun, looked to Fukurokuju, god of wisdom and longevity, to settle the matter of the goddess claim of being Izanami by consulting his sacred book tie to his staff.
As all looked on, Fukurokuju summoned the book to open to the page of the goddess who stood before him. He watched as the book that never lies opened to the page titled Izanami, goddess of creation. Next to that line goddess of death was added, and her name was no longer written in black, like the ones that can die, but gold of the immortals. After he finished peering into the book of life, Fukurokuju looked to the goddess and asked, "Izanami, how did you do it?"
Izanagi outraged that this creature was his beloved Izanami screamed, "I refuse to be mated to such a creature," and tried to storm away but was pinned to the spot by the new power of Izanami.
"Dear brother Fukurokuju, I gain this power by embracing the voice of the land Yomi. However, the power is so great that I can only stay on earth with the will of my mate or forced slumber," replied the quiet voice of Izanami, as she glared at her mate. "But, Izanagi ate the food of the dead on his haste out of Yomi and hence belongs to Yomi and me."
Izanagi, outraged, yelled, "I am the god of the living as well as creation, to live in Yomi is against all I stand for."
Tsukiyomi, god of the moon and mate of Amaterasu, said, "how 'bout an even trade." Noticing the squabbling between the two, "If we gods remove the mating of you siblings and give Izanami the power to walk the three lands on her own, Izanami could agree to remove Yomi's claim on Izanagi."
"I will on two conditions," answered the new goddess.
"Which are?" asked Amaterasu.
"The first I wish to change my name for I have reborn myself, and wish to go by a new name," she paused and silently closed her eyes for what she had to say next was hard to say. "And second the god Izanagi has now heard the call of Yomi through the tainted food he ate. Therefore the call he hears now will forever be with him. The claim of immediate death will be removed until a new god takes his place. He however could no longer be called a true immortal and must fear the blade of his enemy." She paused to make all hear her next words. "If he dies in battle I ask that I not be held responsible for any death not willed by my doing."
"You mean to say that should I fall in battle I will die, that is outrageous!"
For a fortnight the heavens debated the terms of the deal until both the disputing gods agreed on the original terms and Izanami's new law of Yomi. Which she made in the following statement; "As my mating was severed in my death so will everyone else's, no one except the holy rulers and their form of mating done by another will be exempt from this new law of Yomi."
After her words were heard by all Furkurokuju handed her the book of life with the instructions to cross out her name and put in a new one. After a few moments of quiet contemplation from the goddess, she wrote in the book her new name, and handed it back to him, thanking him for the chance to write the name herself.
She later left the heavens to travel the three lands in peace. After sometime she became lonely and went to the holy rulers once more. There she pleaded to be given mate who will not just love her beauty, but her mind and soul as well.
The holy rulers noticed that she looked as if she had nothing to cling to, no life to live as a goddess. The gods thought that her request was impossible and said no. At this the goddess grew in despair and refused to do her job. The gates of death closed and people lived in pain unknown to the living. People suffered the death of no death; people lived through things unmentioned. The gods knew that the goddess suffered from a broken heart and that the entire world would suffer should they let this continue.
Tsukiyomi said he shall take care of such dilemma by creating a mate fit for the goddess, and beseeched the brother of his wife, Susanoo, to aid him in tricking Izanagi to create a body fit for a god. Izanagi, believing to be making a body for Susanoo's expected heir, created the most perfect male he ever worked on. Once that was done and Tsukiyomi had the body, he took the body to Fukurokuju to give the body both a keen mind and Immortality, equal to almost any god. He then went to Kisshōten to bless the body with masculine beauty and male fertility. He then went to Ohoyamatsumi, the god of war, and ask to bless the soul with the way of the sword. Finally, he went to Benten to bless him with perfection in all things that flow (speech, words, eloquence, music, movement, etc.) and it allowed poison to flow freely in his veins.
After his travels to the gods for the blessings, he sat down and pondered his own gifts to male before him. He began by giving the male a soul of great power equal to the goddess of death so that they could be equals on the battle field. He then gave the body silver hair and gold eyes, much like his own. With a final touch, he placed his seal upon the forehead of the body. He then created a line of inu youkia, dog demons, to which the male to be born to. Demons, you see, were born to serve the goddess in both the land of the living and the dead. 'Yes,' he thought, 'her mate will be one to walk the both lands freely in life as a dog demon, the most loyal.'
Finished with his work he went, with the male and it ancestors, to Izanagi.
Arriving at Izanagi's home he said, "Izanagi, I beseech you to give life to this line of youkia blessed with my seal."
"Why," answered Izanagi, angered at being tricked into help the holy ruler at the beginning of his quest, "should I give life to them when that creatures mate is among them?"
"Because, Izanagi, this is not a request as you assume," stated Tsukiyomi with a board expression upon his features.
"You dare threaten me in my own home, oh holy ruler," came the seething reply.
"No, I merely state that you are a god who will one day go to yomi because you are no longer an immortal god. You will be replaced one day," called forth Tsukiyomi. "I just wonder do you wish for your death now."
Izanagi recognizing the threat for what it was said, "I shall do as you ask, but I shall place a curse upon this line that all male siblings shall hate each other and fight to the death. Let's hope you blessed the chosen mate well."
Satisfied, Tsukiyomi returned to heaven to tell the goddess of goddess of death that a mate for her shall be born in do time, sharing from what line and leaving out the curse of Izanagi. Grateful the goddess the goddess bowed and gave her thanks to the holy ruler. The whole of the world returned to it original course, but the minor pain experienced by all remained as a reminder that this all could happen again should the goddess wish to close her gates once more.
Before she left the heavens she turned to the holy ruler, and asked the only question that bothered her conscience. "How shall I know him?"
Tsukiyomi thought for a second knowing that the question was important for her heart to hope for the future and he said the only thing that made it all the more purfect, "you shall know him when he says, 'I follow the Creed of Death, for she is my mistress' in battle, and he carries my seal of blessing." Silence issued among the two and was broken by Tsukiyomi's question, "Dear goddess, what is it that you call your self now?"
Looking to the god that is her brother, she said, "I choose my name to be Kagome."
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