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Before the heavens and the earth came into existence all was a chaos unimaginably limitless and without definite shape or form Eon followed eon then low and behold out of this boundless shapeless mass something light and transparent rose up and formed the heaven This was the Plain of High Heaven in which materialized a deity called Ame-no-Minaka-Nushi-no-Mikoto the Deity-of-the-August-Center-of-Heaven Next the heavens gave birth to a deity named Takami-Musubi-no-Mikoto the High-August-Producing-Wondrous-Deity followed by a third called Kammi-Musubi-no-Mikoto the Divine-Producing-Wondrous-Deity These three divine beings are called the Three Creating Deities In the meantime what was heavy and opaque in the void gradually precipitated and became the earth but it had taken an immeasurably long time before it condensed sufficiently to form solid ground In its earliest stages for millions and millions of years the earth may be said to have resembled oil floating medusa-like upon the face of the waters Suddenly like the sprouting up of a reed a pair of immortals were born from its bosom These were the Deity Umashi-Ashi-Kahibi-Hikoji-no-Mikoto the Pleasant-Reed-Shoot-Prince-Elder-Deity and the Deity Ame-no-Tokotachi-no-Mikoto The Heavenly-Eternally-Standing-Deity Many gods were thus born in succession and so they increased in number but as long as the world remained in a chaotic state there was nothing for them to do Snow 2 Whereupon all the Heavenly deities summoned the two divine beings Izanagi and Izanami and bade them descend to the nebulous place and by helping each other to consolidate it into terra firma We bestow on you they said this precious treasure with which to rule the land the creation of which we command you to perform So saying they handed them a spear called Ama-no-Nuboko embellished with costly gems The divine couple received respectfully and ceremoniously the sacred weapon and then withdrew from the presence of the Deities ready to perform their august commission Proceeding forthwith to the Floating Bridge of Heaven which lay between the heaven and
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