History 05/03/20 “Kusanagi-but Tsuruga”: why is the main relic of Japan looking for in Moscow

the sun Goddess Amaterasu, according to Japanese mythology, is the ancestor of the Imperial house. According to researchers, currently the sword of the goddess, considered to be the greatest Shrine of the Shinto religion, can be in Moscow, although its exact whereabouts are unknown.

Japanese myths say that the goddess Amaterasu was the favorite grandson of the heavenly Prince Ninigi, whom she sent to earth to rule the people (one of his descendants was Jimmu, the first Emperor of the island nation). Before an important mission Amaterasu gave to her grandson the three relics: jade pendants, bronze mirror and the sword, called Kusanagi-but Tsuruga (“the Sword that mows the grass”).

“Shaking divine sword, punish those who disobey you,” the goddess admonished his messenger. The sword had a nice older — brother of Amaterasu, the wind God susanoo found in the tail of the killed snake vozmilova them.

For centuries, the sword of Amaterasu was kept in the sanctuary Jo Jingu Shrine in Nagoya, where it was buried in 113 BC. Ordinary citizens of Japan had never seen him, and even at the ceremony of coronation, the sword of Kusanagi carried wrapped in a few tissues. Japanese historian’s Paradise Sanya assumed that the “sacred” weapons made from iron or bronze and looks no different from the primitive ancient blades.

At the end of the Second world war, Emperor Hirohito officially ordered the Lord Keeper of the seals “at any price” to defend regalia of the Imperial power, including the sword. According to one version, the weapon and is now in the Atsuta Shrine. However, there is an alternative point of view.

Capturing in 1931 Manchuria, the Japanese sought to replace the local polosamota beliefs “Imperial” religion of Sinto. There is evidence that this purpose of the Manchu ruler PU And in Tokyo, presented two of the three Japanese relics — the sword and the mirror of the goddess Amaterasu.

In 1946, PU And was told in the letter that in 1940 he visited the Palace of Emperor Hirohito, in one of the halls of which he saw an altar with a sword and a mirror. Then, the Japanese Emperor invited the PU And “accept” these relics.

On the stay in NY And Tokyo is also mentioned in the Soviet note, “the domination of the Japanese in Manchuria”. It says that the Palace was “invited the spirit of the Japanese sun goddess Amaterasu Oomikami”, where you Poo And forced to bow.

“After the surrender I took Toshima mirrors temples “Kenkoku of Synbio” and “Kenkoku Chu raybio” and the sword wanted to take to Japan for the transfer of the right people,” said PU Yi During the offensive of the red Army in Manchuria in August 1945, PU Yi was captured at the airfield in Mukden. In the USSR, where he was immediately sent to the ruler of Manchukuo brought some leather suitcases with the family treasures — among them, presumably, were the legacy of the goddess Amaterasu.

PU And greatly feared that he will be tried as a war criminal, so try to behave more loyal towards the Russian. In the spring of 1946, hoping for the mercy of Stalin, he agreed to surrender to the Soviet Union his property “for the restoration of the national economy.” According to the inventory produced in Khabarovsk, it was about 111 precious items. About the relics of the goddess Amaterasu in the document was not mentioned. However, as it turned out, the Poo And kept the “best jewels”, asking his nephew to hide them in a suitcase with a false bottom.

In 2017, the magazine “Rodina” well-known publicist Dmitry Likhanov said that he had seen a photograph of relics of Amaterasu in the KGB archives. Likhanov has put forward the version that the sword and mirror the Japanese emperors still kept in Moscow.

“Keeping their people, I think, quite consciously was surrounded by relics of the veil of mysticism, claiming that they are guarded by the demons they conjured that dfor them it is better not to touch and to even look at them it is impossible”, — says the author. It remains to add that, if the sacred to the Japanese sword really was in Russia, he could be a good argument in negotiations with Tokyo on the issue of the Kuril Islands.

Timur Sagdiyev

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