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Izanami And Izanagi

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A very old commission, arround 2006 or so, but back to life cause i found a lot of old Japanese myths on a DVD. hope you like it.
I think Izanami And Izanagi is a pretty cool guy. he creates islands and doesn't afraid of anything :p

Let´s wiki attack!

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Izanami and Izanagi

In Japanese mythology the two deities Izanagi (The Male Who Invites) and Izanami (The Female Who Invites) are the creators of Japan and its gods. In one important myth, they descend to Yomitsu Kuni, the underworld and land of darkness.

According to legend, after their birth Izanagi and Izanami stood on the floating bridge of heaven and stirred the primeval ocean with a jeweled spear. When they lifted the spear, the drops that fell back into the water formed the first solid land, an island called Onogoro. Izanagi and Izanami descended to the island and became husband and wife. Their first child was deformed, and the other gods said it was because Izanami spoke before her husband at their marriage ceremony.

The couple performed another wedding ceremony, this time correctly. Izanami soon gave birth to eight lovely children, who became the islands of Japan. Izanagi and Izanami then created many gods and goddesses to represent the mountains, valleys, waterfalls, streams, winds, and other natural features of Japan. However, during the birth of Kagutsuchi, the fire god, Izanami was badly burned. As she lay dying, she continued to create gods and goddesses, and still other deities emerged from the tears of the grief-stricken Izanagi.

When Izanami died, she went to Yomi-tsu Kuni. Izanagi decided to go there and bring his beloved back from the land of darkness and death. Izanami greeted Izanagi from the shadows as he approached the entrance to Yomi. She warned him not to look at her and said that she would try to arrange for her release from the gods of Yomi. Full of desire for his wife, Izanagi lit a torch and looked into Yomi. Horrified to see that Izanami was a rotting corpse, Izanagi fled.

Angry that Izanagi had not respected her wishes, Izanami sent hideous female spirits, eight thunder gods, and an army of fierce warriors to chase him. Izanagi managed to escape and blocked the pass between Yomi and the land of the living with a huge boulder. Izanami met him there, and they broke off their marriage.


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KaliannShevlin's avatar
Beautiful, simply beautiful
TanukiTagawa's avatar
 A amazing couple with great look!  :toocool:
Passin's avatar
A really stormy piece. Nice work
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TomboyJessie13Hobbyist General Artist
Talk about a nasty divorce 
FillingOrb1766's avatar
Besides their unfitting expressions, I like it.
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A-tall-glass-of-MizuHobbyist Digital Artist
I love this story :).
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weare784Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wait but izanagi is afraid of something
thorman's avatar
wuau que buen dibujo de mitologia japonesa te felicito mucho genzoman:D
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TLadyJessicaProfessional General Artist
You do not see many artistic depictions of Izanami and Izanagi, and this one is just so very beautiful to behold! I like this painting, and the one you did of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu as well... very great works and very respectful to the Japanese traditions that inspired them. Definitely must fave both of them! :D
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Awesome Job ^^
UnbearableME's avatar
well done really like this story :)
bunalz's avatar
PE...RU...SO... *summon fails* Wink/Razz 
KendrixTermina's avatar
Pretty cool & majestic.
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DarkThundah3600Student Traditional Artist
IZANAGI!!!!! - Yu Narukami
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I love your myth pieces. Ever though about doing one for Susano'o? You already did one for Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi.
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HeroOfTengoku7KHobbyist Traditional Artist
The first gods of Shinto mythology and the creators of Japan
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TotalFantasyHobbyist Traditional Artist
Susanoo please XD
ApusDeSoare's avatar
awesome...love it
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lovelymars908Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful! Shintoism is impressive to look at! 
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Ccampbell1414Student General Artist
Quite the legend. Guess thats where the name for the two forms of mangekyo of the Uchiha comes from! The Izanagi, which passes off all events as a dream, and Izanami, putting all inside into an endless loop.

still quite interesting!
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Rather tragic story. The first divorce ever, even before men
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i believe the first child that was born deformed was hiruko, also known as the leech child
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Me encanta esta imagen!!
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