Japanese Myth 1B

THE UNDERWORLD: understanding the myth

A TRIP TO THE UNDERWORLD
This story is very similar to the Orpheus story in the Greek myth. It’s said that this is not just a coincidence, the myth in Greece or the Oriental countries might have come to Japan through China and Korea.

FOOD OF THE UNDERWORLD
It’s not clear what exactly Izanami ate. In the Greek myth, Persephone ate some pomegranate in the underworld so she could not go back to her mother.

Japanese Myth 1A

THE UNDERWORLD

it’s been written that in the beginning the Gods created heaven and earth …the god Izanaki (Izanagi) and the goddess Izanami created the islands of Japan ( Izanaki (Izanagi) and his sister Izanami married, and bore the islands) and also other gods (deities).

Their fruitful union formed many great and powerful things until one day, when Izanami gave birth to the god of fire Kagutsuchi (fire deity), Izanami died from the burns.

Izanaki felt he could not live without his wife, so he went to the underworld to see her.
When he saw her, she said, “I already have eaten the food of the underworld, so I can’t come back to you. But since you are here to see me, I’ll ask the god of the underworld if I can go with you. You have to promise me one thing. Do not try to get a look at me until I come back here.” However, Izanaki could not wait and he went to the palace of the underworld. There he saw his wife’s dreadful body with worms crawling all over it, and the terrifying gods of thunder. Immediately Izanaki ran away and he used a big rock to block his wife from running after him. That is the rock which divides the underworld and this world.

this lower part is taken from wiki

Izanagi is a deity born of the seven divine generations in Japanese mythology and Shintoism, and is also referred to in the roughly translated Kojiki as “male who invites”, or Izanagi-no-mikoto.

He and his spouse Izanami bore many islands, deities, and forefathers of Japan. When Izanami died in childbirth, Izanagi tried (but failed) to retrieve her from Yomi (the underworld). In the cleansing rite after his return, he begot Amaterasu (the sun goddess) from his left eye, Tsukuyomi (the moon god) from his right eye, and Susanoo (tempest or storm god) from his nose. The story of Izanagi and Izanami has close parallels to the Greek Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, but it also has a major difference. When Izanagi looks prematurely at his wife, he beholds her monstrous and hellish state and she is shamed and enraged. She pursues him in order to kill him. She fails to do so, but promises to kill a thousand of his people every day. Izanagi retorts that a thousand and five hundred will be born every day.

There are similarities also between Izanami and Izanagi on the one hand, and the Mayan deities Itzamna and Ix Chel. Among the Maya as among the Yamato, the male god is a gentle deity, creator of the sun and moon, while the female goddess (Ix Chel in Central America) is only benevolent while in company of her husband. If isolated from him, she becomes a malevolent goddess of floods, destruction and death. She has a serpent growing from her head, much like Izanami in Yomi.

God Izanagi and Goddess Izanami

God Izanagi and Goddess Izanami were married to each other. Izanami could give birth to anything. One day she created the island of Japan. Izanami died when she gave birth to the god of fire from deadly burns during labor. By then she had given birth to 14 islands and 35 gods.

God Izanagi was desperate about the loss of his beloved companion and went down to the underworld to search for Izanami. He also found her. Izanami told Izanagi to wait for her. But he should not turn his head and try to look at her until she would be back.

the guy did not do what his wife told him and followed her instead. In the palace of the underworld he found her in an appalling condition. Terrified, God Izanagi ran away and blocked the entrance to the underworld with a huge rock so that his wife could not follow him.

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History of The Shadowed City

Shadows of the city

In 1993 I created a three arc story that would span three types of mediums: film, radio, and comicbook. Shadows of the city was to star three assassins. One was blind which would be told as an old style radio drama. Next was deaf and would be told as a silent movie and last the mute as an action comic.

Due to lack of funds we never worked on the any of them and saved the story for later use. After working for googo studios up in the Bronx, I wanted to film something and the itch to film a silent movie came back. I filmed Shadows as a series of short action clips to show before feature films.

Not happy with most of the film footage, I stopped the film only making a short out of all the film we had. The silent film look wasn’t working for me after so many attempts. I decided to dump the silent film look and opt to make the shadows an online comicbook.

Now after nearly 15 years. I am pleased to bring you Shadows of the city! Our first full comicbook for your enjoyment, we will also be showing the short flick “Hunting the Hacker” which was one scene out of the whole Shadows of the city film.

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physics of superheroes

this is a fantastic read (it’s a science book). but let us not jump to conclusions.

the book helps us understand how heroes do the amazing things they do and how it works in real life, don’t look for answers like gamma radiation. this is a book on how and why the spidy can swing on his web and how much force would superman need to use to leap a building in a single bound.

get the book here Continue reading “physics of superheroes”

SEASON OF NEVER – CHANGE

SEASON OF NEVER – CHANGE

LEFT ALONE TO KNOW THE WORLDS CRUEL HAND
JUDGE ME NOT BY THE SIZE OF A MAN

SEASONS CAN NEVER HEAL YOUR BROKEN HEART
SEASONS CAN NEVER LEAD YOU FROM BEING APART

WINTER CHANGED TO FALL WHEN YOU GOT THAT FORGOTTEN CALL
SUMMER BREEZE TOOK YOU FROM THE STILL BODY ON ITS KNEES

SEASON OF NEVER FEELING RIGHT
SEASON OF NEVER FEELING TALL

WE HATE THE SEASONS ONE IN ALL
THOUGH WE BEAR IT ALL

ROBERT GREENWOOD 11/15/98

this is the poem I wrote in November of 1998 two months after the death of our friends mother and days before the death of my Grandfather

this is the poem that inspired the film season of never

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abstract the perspective

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Season Of Never

This will be our epic story taking place from the seas of Japan to the shores of New York.

Over the next several months we will be showcasing famous Japanese myths, along with original short Manga (comic book) style online comics, as well as teaching Japanese for free!

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