Ancient Japan

Shinto Creation Stories

The Creation of Heaven and Earth

Of old, Heaven and Earth were not yet separated, and the In and Yo 1 not yet divided. They formed a chaotic mass like an egg which was of obscurely defined limits and contained germs.

   The purer and clearer part was thinly drawn out, and formed Heaven, while the heavier and grosser element settled down and became Earth.

   The finer element easily became a united body, but the consolidation of the heavy and gross element was accomplished with difficulty.

   Heaven was therefore formed first, and Earth was established subsequently.

Translated by W.G. Aston, Nihongi (London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1896), 1-2

Edited by Richard Hooker



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