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Izanami's Jellyfish

After the world was created, Izanami, the first female celestial deity in Japanese myth, told her brother-husband that there was a place in which her body was lacking. Izanagi, the first male celestial deity, replied that there was a place where his body was too much.

The events that came after hardly need to be recounted.

It’s my experience that so many of our stories are timeless and universal.  Perhaps this is why I turn to myth and legend for all manner of ideas when I’m in the midst of the creative process.

The tale of Izanami and Izanagi is most certainly a fantastical one—it’s a creation myth, after all.  But it is also a story about love and duty—it’s a societal commentary at its best.  For after initiating love-making with Izanagi, Izanami is punished by the celestial gods, bearing a jellyfish rather than a human child.

According to the Japanese, even goddesses had a strict protocol to follow. 

Quite simply, I’m fascinated by the questions this brings up about modern tropes in romance and sex. How much do we rely on the stories of the past to inform us?  How many of the themes are, in fact, universal? What traditions still influence our societies today...and our lovemaking?

How many of YOU base your stories in myths, (urban) legends, folktales, etc.?

Happy reading,


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