Chinese Medicine

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Postal card, about 1920 

Related to Chinese medicine is the TJM, Traditional Japanese Medicine, in which a god of healing occurs.

In the oldest work on history and mythology, the Kojiki, and the chronicle Nihon Shoki, which was written a little later, a deity Okuninushi (also Ōnamuchi or Ōmononushi) appears, who, together with the deity Sukunabikona no Kami, heals the people and protects them against dangerous animals with a defensive magic. Fleeing to the underworld, Ōkuninushi meets Susanoo's daughter Suseri-bime, whom he takes as his wife. Susanoo is not impressed by his new son-in-law and assigns him three tasks that Ōkuninushi copes with thanks to the help of his wife and a rat family. Inkuninushi steals the Sword of Life, arrows and bows of life, and the celestial zither of heaven and flees with Suseri-bime on his back. Susanoo awakens, pursues Ōkuninushi and tells him to kill his brothers and become god Ōkuninushi ("Great Ruler of the Land"). He thus gives him a power of command.


Ōkuninushi's adventures are described in great detail, especially in Kojiki, while the Nihon shoki mentions briefly that he is using sukunabikona no kami, a kind of meditating god, to heal humanity of disease and protect it from dangerous animals by means of defensive magic. Both deities are worshiped in numerous shrines of Japan; Among other things, there is the Omiwa Shrine in present-day Nara Prefecture.