Through the combined power of Izanagi-no-mikoto and Izanami-no-mikoto, many kami (gods) came into being in this land. When Izanami-no-mikoto lastly birthed the god of fire her body was immolated and her life lost. Seeing this, Izanagi-no-mikoto complained, “my beloved wife was sacrificed for this one, single child...” Izanagi-no-mikoto wept, overcome with grief. Before long, hatred began to fester. Izanagi drew the sword Totsuka-no-Tsurugi hanging from his hip and slew the fire god. The blood dripping from the blade, guard, tip, and handle spawned many different gods. (Omitted) the blood that gathered in the handle and flowed and dripped from between his fingers poured and became a god. The name of the god was Kuraokami.
About Kifune Shrine
Also worshiped as Funatama-no-kami. One theory holds that Kuraokami-no-Kami and Tamayori-hime-no-mikoto are also enshrined here.
Sister princess to Konohanasakuya-hime-no-mikoto
Child of Izanagi-no-mikoto that rules over water.
As told in Volume 1 (Chapter 7). Izanagi-no-mikoto drew his sword and slew the god of fire, Kagutsuchi, cutting him into three pieces. One piece became the god of thunder. One piece became Oyamatsumi. And one piece became Takaokami.Thus, Takaokami, the god of water, was birthed from the god of fire. For humans fire is a precious thing but can invoke great disaster when misused. The god of water was born from the god of fire to quell raging fires.
Takaokami and KuraokamiThe deity presiding at Kifune Shrine, Takaokami, is also known as Kuraokami. It is stated in shrine records that “even if the name differs it is the same god.” A god that presides over rain he summons clouds, makes rain fall, calls forth sunshine, fills the land with fallen rain and makes it spring out little by little. One theory states that Takaokami is the “Dragon God of the Mountain” while Kuraokami is the “Dragon God of the Abyss.” Water is the source of all life. Takaokami and Kuraokami are “Headspring Gods” that preside over supplying of precious water vital for all living creatures.
However, with the existence of shrine records detailing that shrine reconstruction had taken place as early as during the reign of Emperor Tenmu in year 6 of Hakuho (approximately 1300 years ago) , it is clear that the founding of the shrine is very ancient.
Faith toward the water god has also been deep across generations of Imperial Courts, praying for the kami to bring or stop rainfall with black horses offered during droughts and white or red horses offered during long periods of rain. In addition, emperors would pray for protection against misfortune during epidemics and continue to offer prayers during crises by sending out imperial messengers.