Ruler of Japanese gods, god of the sun and sky
Citizen of Ama
The general populace of earth is unaware of Izanagi except as a mythological
Kyushu (now part of modern Japan)
Inn (father), Gaea
(mother, alias Yo), Izanami (sister/estranged wife), Maricia-ten (second
wife), Uhjini, Tunokui, Ontonoji, Omadaru (brothers), Suhjini, Ikugui, Ootonobe,
Kashikone, (sisters), Amaterasu, Uke Mochi, Kawanokami, Shinatobe, Kawanokami,
Kuraokami (daughters), Takamimusubi, Susanowo, Takamikusubi, Oowadatsumi,
Kagutsuchi, Tsukiyomi, Shinatsuhiko, Emma-O, Hiruko, Minatatonomi, Ooyamatsumi,
Wakahirume, Takaokami (sons)
Group Affiliation: The Gods of Japan, Council of Godheads
(unidentified) Thor I#300, (identified) Marvel Universe: The End II #2
Izanagi is one of an extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Kami who were
worshipped as gods by the Ancient Japanese. Not much is known about his origins,
but he was historically born on the island now known as Kyushu in modern-day
Japan to obscure primal deities known as Inn and Yo, who are described as the
male and female principals of the universe, respectively. (According to one
account, Yo might actually be the Japanese name of Gaea, one of the Elder Gods
who admitted to being the primal ancestor of all the gods of earth.)
may have been one of the first Emperors of Japan before ascending into godhood.
According to myth, he created the eight islands of Japan by standing upon
Amanohashidate, the floating bridge of heaven, and then stirring the ocean with
a jeweled spear in order to stir the islands up from the bottom of the sea. He
claimed all the islands as his own and built a house on the island of Onokoro.
He took his sister, the moon-goddess Izanami, to be his wife and they had
several children. His first son, Hiruko, did not please him and he set him
adrift in a boat of reeds upon the ocean. Among his favored children were
Amaterasu the sun-goddess, Tsukiyomi the moon-god and Susanowo the storm-god.
However, when Kagutsuchi the fire-god was born, Izanami was set afire by his
birth and so badly burned that she died. Izanagi was so furious that he cut
Kagutsuchi up into three pieces and cast his remains to the wind.
meanwhile, departed earth with her children for the underworld of Yomi, the Land
of Gloom. Izanagi departed looking for her and calling her name. Without seeing
her, Izanagi heard her voice calling to him and warning him that she had already
eaten from the table of the dead and could not return with him. She admitted she
wanted to return to earth, but she would have to ask the spirits of the dead if
she could be allowed to return with him. Eventually, Izanagi grew tired of
waiting for him and descended down into Yomi to look for her and his children.
When he found her, Izanagi discovered that she had become a rotting corpse
covered in maggots devouring her flesh and recoiled from her horrible
appearance. Collecting his children, he fled from Yomi, but Izanami was so upset
that he had peeked upon her undead body that she sent the forces of the
underworld upon Izanagi. To escape these demonic forces, Izanagi tossed away his
headdress, transforming it into grapes that the demons stopped to eat. As they
caught back up to him, Izanagi tossed away the comb from his hair, transforming
it into bamboo shoots that the demons once more stopped to eat. When Izanami
caught up to him, Izanagi reached the boundary of Yomi that entered into the
land of the living and erected a great barrier to forever separate
the land of the living from the land of the dead. Izanami cursed at him claiming
that she would take a thousand people a year from earth for revenge, but he
promised to cause one thousand and five hundred people to be born a year so that
there would always be people on earth.
escaping the underworld, Izanagi and his children eventually rested at the mouth
of a stream surrounded by orange trees and bushes and clovers near modern-day
Hyuga. With the waters, he washed the filth of the underworld from himself and
his children and imparted portions of godhood from himself to his children from
his eyes and face. (In later myths, it was claimed he actually created his
children from his eyes by wiping them from his face.) One of his children,
Emma-O, however, remained behind in Yomi and became god of the dead.
had baptized his children from the springs to make them gods. Among his
children, he was most pleased with Amaterasu the sun-goddess, Tsukiyomi the
moon-god and Susanowo the storm-god among all of them that he divided the world
up between them. He gave Amaterasu complete rule of heaven and the other gods,
he gave Tsukiyomi realm over the night and he gave Susanowo dominion over the
ocean and all that was within it. Susanowo, however, preferred to have gained
control over Yomi, but the underworld had become the domain of Izanami and
Emma-O. Susanowo, meanwhile, wandered heaven and earth causing trouble for the
other gods. Takamimusubi, the husband of Amaterasu, only had a certain amount of
power due to his marriage, but he had no real power over the pantheon under
and Amaterasu ruled the Japanese gods from the Court of Jade on Onokoro in the
dimension of Ama. They became the most powerful deities in the Shinto Religion,
one of the oldest religions of Japan, although it actually had no name until the
6th Century AD in order to separate it from Buddhism and
Confucianism, which had arrived from China to the west. Around 1000 AD, Odin of
the Asgardian gods and Zeus of the gods of Olympus asked Izanagi to meet with
the heads of the other races of gods who were once worshipped by mortals to
discuss the threat of the Third Host of the Celestials. They had to pledge not
to interfere with the plans the Celestials had with humanity after the
Celestials threatened to seal off the godsí interdimensional passageways
connecting the godsí dimensions with earth. As a result of this pledge, the
Japanese gods had to lessen their trafficking with earth. The Fourth Host of the
Celestials would decide to spare earth from destruction. The life forces of the
Asgardians were used to animate the Destroyer to confront the Celestials, but
were lost after the destruction of the Destroyer. Izanagi had made a vow to Odin
to volunteer the required life energies to revive the Asgardians and Thor who
was not present on Asgard when the Asgardians volunteered their life-energies
visited Ama to obtain the required energies.
would meet with the other godheads several more times as part of the Council
Elite to share wisdom and knowledge and debate over various threats to earth,
such as Akhenaton, Thanos and the Egyptian death-god Seth. After Odin was slain
in battle, Izanagi and the council met again to debate Thorís worthiness to
replace his father in the council.
recent years, the Japanese rice-god Inari sought the compliance of the Kami in
helping to defend Olympus, the home of the Olympian gods, from Mikaboshi, a
demon who had escaped Yomi. His favor was strengthened by the gift of water
given him by one of the Olympians, and Izanagi joined the Kami joined together to
side in an alliance with the Olympians against Mikaboshi who they ousted from
Height: 7' 2"
Weight: 375 lbs.
Strength Level: Izanagi possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift (press) at least 85 tons under optimal conditions under optimal conditions. In his youth, his strength was far greater, perhaps in the Class 100 level range.
Known Superhuman Powers: Izanagi possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Kami or Japanese gods. Like all Kami, he is virtually immortal: he has aged at at an exceptionally slow rate since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any conventional means. He is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If he were somehow wounded, his godly life force would enable him to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of his bodily molecules to cause him a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of significant power, such as Zeus, Odin and Ammon-Ra or for a number of Japanese gods of equal power working together to revive him. Izanagi also possesses superhuman strength and his Kami metabolism provides him with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Kami flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength and weight of the Japanese gods.)
Izanagi also has several powers to tap into and manipulate mystical energies for feats of magic. His exact level of power is unrevealed but it is believed he is equal to such gods as Zeus and Odin, the Elders of the Universe and quasi-entities such as the In-Betweener and the Living Tribunal. He can create and generate beams of force, alter matter, generate force fields, control the weather, create earthquakes and travel between different dimensions and levels of existence. He was able to generate the required life-forces to Thor to restore the Asgardians and engage the demon Mikaboshi in battle with countless spells. His exact level of power is unrevealed.
carries a staff of supremacy named Amenonuhoko which represents his sovereignty over the Japanese
gods. Constructed out of undefined mystical ore, the staff is strong enough to
channel his power and reach through dimensional barriers to stir volcanoes and
create islands out of the earth's crust.
This bio largely describes Izanagi in the Marvel Universe. Izanagi also appeared
with Izanami in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #28-29 (Archie Comics, part of
Image Comics). Izanami has appeared in DC Comics Man of Steel #125.
Izanagi is not to be confused with:
Chieftain of the Mayan gods, @ Thor I#300
Izanami, a member of the Hand, @ Daredevil I#293