Ainu mythology
The Ainu or the Aynu (Ainu アィヌ Aynu; Japanese: アイヌ Ainu; Russian: Айны Ajny), and in historical Japanese texts Ezo/Emishi/Ebisu (蝦夷) or Aino (アイノ) are an indigenous people of Japan (Hokkaido, and form...
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Ainu languages
The Ainu languages are a small language family spoken on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaidō, the southern half of the island of Sakhalin, and the Kuril Islands, an island chain that stretches fr...
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Ainu cuisine
Ainu cuisine is the cuisine of the ethnic Ainu in Japan. The cuisine differs markedly from that of the majority Yamato people of Japan. Raw meat like sashimi, for example, is not served in Ainu cuis...
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Ainu creation myth
The Ainu creation myths are the traditional creation accounts of the Ainu peoples of Japan. Their stories share common characteristics with Japanese creation myths and earth diver creation stories co...
Apasam Kamuy
Apasam Kamuy is the Ainu kamuy (god) of the threshold. Apasam Kamuy is called upon for protection during changes of state.
Apasam Kamuy is conceived as either a male and female couple or a dual e...
Yukar
Yukar (ユカ) are Ainu sagas that form a long rich tradition of oral literature. In older periods, the epics were performed by both men and women; during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when Ainu ...
Ae-oina Kamuy
Ae-oine Kamuy is an Ainu kamuy (god) and culture hero. In Ainu mythology, he is credited with teaching humans domestic skills, and for this reason he is called Ainurakkar (father of the Ainu or fathe...
Nusakoro Kamuy
Nusakoro Kamuy is an Ainu kamuy (god). Called the community-founding kamuy, he represents the dead and serves as a messenger to the other kamuy.
Nusakoro Kamuy is the originator of nusa or inau, ...
Hash-Inau-uk Kamuy
Hash-Inau-uk Kamuy (also Hashinau-uk Kamuy or simply Hash-uk Kamuy) is the Ainu kamuy (goddess) of the hunt. She protects hunters and guides them to game. She is sometimes called Isosange Mat (Bring...
Repun Kamuy
Repun Kamuy is the Ainu kamuy (god) of the sea.
Repun Kamuy is sometimes depicted as an orca. In other instances, he is a carefree, somewhat mischievous young man armed with a harpoon.
Kamuy
A kamui (Ainu: カムイ, Japanese: 神威 or 神居, kamui) is a spiritual or divine being in Ainu mythology.
In concept, kamui are similar to the Japanese kami, sometimes translated as "god" or "divin...
Ebisu (mythology)
Ebisu (恵比須, 恵比寿, 夷, 戎), also transliterated Yebisu (ゑびす, see historical kana orthography) or called Hiruko (蛭子) or Kotoshiro-nushi-no-kami (事代主神), is the Japanese god of fishermen and ...
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Kandakoro Kamuy
Kandakoro Kamuy is the Ainu kamuy (god) of the sky. He is the prime originator of Ainu mythology, responsible either directly or indirectly for the creation of all things.
While Kandakoro Kamuy i...
Shiramba Kamuy
Shiramba Kamuy is the Ainu kamuy (god) of wood, grains, and other forms of vegetation. He is therefore also the kamuy of many household tools, which contain wood. He is sometimes portrayed as the br...
Chikap Kamuy
Chikap Kamuy (also called Kotankor Kamuy) is the Ainu kamuy (god) of owls and the land. He is responsible for overseeing the behavior of humans and kamuy. He is considered a deity of material succes...
Kim-un Kamuy
Kim-un Kamuy (also called Metotush Kamuy and Nuparikor Kamuy) is the Ainu kamuy (god) of bears and mountains.
Bears are prominent in Ainu mythology. They are generally considered benevolent, thou...
Waka-ush Kamuy
Waka-ush Kamuy is the Ainu kamuy (goddess) of fresh water. She is also known as Petorush Mat (Watering-place Woman).
Waka-ush Kamuy is portrayed as a long-haired woman who is a skilled dancer and...
Kutune Shirka
The Kutune Shirka (Ainu: クツ゚ネシㇼカ), known in Japanese as Itadorimaru no Kyoku (虎杖丸の曲) or simply Itadorimaru (虎杖丸) is a sacred yukar epic of the native Ainu people of Japan. The Ainu title r...
Inau
Inau or Inaw, Ainu: イナウ or イナゥ, is an Ainu term for a ritual wood shaving stick used in Ainu prayers to the spiritual world. They were used in most Ainu religious rituals, and were also frequently mad...
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Yushkep Kamuy
Yushkep Kamuy is the Ainu kamuy (goddess) of the spiders in Japanese mythology. She is also known as Ashketanne Mat (Long-fingered Woman). She is the familiar of female shamans and is called upon to...
Kenash Unarabe
Kenash Unarabe is an Ainu kamuy (god). She is a blood-drinking monster who preys upon hunters. However, she is sometimes called upon to assist in childbearing.
Kenash Unarabe is said to have eme...
Kinashut Kamuy
Kinashut Kamuy is the Ainu kamuy (god) of snakes. He is a benevolent figure who is called upon for protection against various calamities.
Kinashut Kamuy is depicted as generally benevolent and he...
Shinda
Shinda is the fertility god of the Ainu people. Traditional Ainu recite prayers of thanksgiving to Shinda before every meal.
Koshintō
Koshintō (古神道, Ko-Shintō) refers to the original animism of Jōmon period Japan which is a basis of modern Shinto practices. The search for traces of Koshintō began with Restoration Shinto in t...
Moshirikara Kamuy
Moshirikara Kamuy is an Ainu kamuy (god). At the command of Kandakoro Kamuy, he is said to have created the earth, shaping it and preparing it for humans to inhabit. Like Kandakoro Kamuy, he plays l...
Pauchi Kamuy
Pauchi Kamuy is the Ainu kamuy (god) of insanity.
In Ainu mythology, Pauchi Kamuy is an evil spirit born from the Willow-Soul River in Pikun Kando (High Heaven). It descended to earth to plague h...
Chup Kamuy
The solar goddess of the Ainu people. In Ainu mythology, Chup-Kamuy was originally the moon goddess but could not bear to look down on all the adultery that took place at night. She therefore begged h...
Kamuy Fuchi
Kamuy Fuchi is the Ainu kamuy (goddess) of the hearth. Her full name is Apemerukoyan-mat Unamerukoyan-mat (Rising Fire Sparks Woman/ Rising Cinder Sparks Woman), and she is also known as Iresu Kamuy ...