misc 009 – mythology – japanese dark chaos

this seems to fit in with azathoth somehow.. even though there are seperate worlds of mythology, i try to have a unified cosmology that connects them in layers.. Mikaboshi (from wiki)

In Japanese mythology, Amatsu-Mikaboshi (ja:天津甕星, “August Star of Heaven”), also called Ama-no-kagaseo(ja:天香香背男, “Brilliant Male”), is the god of evil and of the stars, specifically the pole star.


The exact details and characterizations of the Amatsu-Mikaboshi are very cloudy or unclear, as he (or it) is rarely if ever mentioned in any of the typically referenced texts of East Asian Mythology. From what can be gleaned and pieced together from ancient Japanese myths, the Mikaboshi is not a physical god in the sense like Amaterasu or Susanoo, but a dark Force that existed before the universe, reigning alone in absolute darkness and control.

Something happened, however, and in one brief instance the iron control of the Dark Force of the Mikaboshi was shattered by the movement of In and Yo, which brought forth the Universe and the active chaos of life and movement, which later became the gods and humanity. The solidity of the Primordial Darkness had been destroyed, but its residue still lingered on in the hearts of all beings and is allegedly the cause of human passions.

The Mikaboshi originated as an antithesis to the positive forces of life in Shinto, thus its lack of a singular form. It is a force of absolute domination that feeds off of human emotions that, if left unchecked, result in social, emotional, or physical destruction. For instance, a desire for success can lead to greed and lust for power, which is the result of the influence of the Mikaboshi’s residue. Love for another can lead to obsession or jealousy, also result of these dark influences. In this respect the Mikaboshi could be thought of as being a Japanese “Satan figure.” This is supported by its title as “August Star of Heaven” which is similar to the term “Morningstar” which is used another name for Lucifer in Christianity.

In later centuries, certain creatures that are by nature dark or demonic were said to be connected to the Mikaboshi in a sort of slave relationship to its power. Souls that died with strong attachments and came back to hurt the living were said to have become physical agents to the Mikaboshi’s force in a more direct way than simple greed or lust when living, and such creatures as oni (ogre demons), Ama-no-Jaku, and Demons were also results of certain natural elements falling prey to passions fed by the Mikaboshi’s temptations. The ultimate goal, it is said, was to absoultely destroy everything by dissolving it back into chaos, whereby the static, controlling power of the Mikaboshi could return.


The term Ama-no-Kagaseo came about when certain Japanese Onmyoji (sorcerers) or members of the Imperial house attempted to establish a cult of worship of the Mikaboshi in the attempt to shamanistically direct its power of destruction against one’s enemies. Ama-no-Kagaseo was said to be the corporal form of the Mikaboshi, who drew his power from the Pole Star. The idea was that if you let the Mikaboshi feed your passions for greed or lust but then turned to control them through intense discipline, you yourself could harness its power of control and establish dominion over a territory or even the world. The last known figure to openly invoke such was the Japanese Sorceress Queen, Pimiko of Yamato, who worshipped the Mikaboshi until turning to more diplomatic techniques for establishing rule with her opening of Japan to trade with the Chinese court of Wei.

Talk of the Mikaboshi surfaced once again for a very brief period immediately after World War II as part of an attempt among certain circles to explain the atrocities of the Empire during the Pacific War. It was noted (though never quite proven) that the Imperial flag with a red sun with shining red rays was the same insignia used by Queen Hitoke for the worship of the Amatsu Mikaboshi, and possession by such power was the reason for the cruelty committed in the name of Empire.


One thought on “misc 009 – mythology – japanese dark chaos

  1. Your blog was very insightful. I especially liked the part about Amatsu-Mikaboshi. I write fantasy adventures and I’m always looking for new sources for creating my “bad guys”.

    You might like my blog as well. It is entitled: Mysterious Japan at http://is.gd/NOq2Bo.

    Come by for a visit and tell me what you think.

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