God of rice and prosperity, messenger-god
Citizen of Ama
The general populace of Earth is unaware of Inari except as a mythological
O-Inari, Oinari-sama, Yeta (mortal guise), Uka-no-Mitama-no-Mikoto
possibly Kyoto (now part of modern Japan)
Widowed, now Remarried
Takamimusubi (father), Amaterasu (mother), Himiko, Homimi, Nioo (brothers),
Ninigi, Hiruko (nephews), Uzumei (neice), Shinatsukiko, Tsukiyomi, Susanowo,
Kagutsuchi, Emma-O, Minato-o-kami, Hiruko, Takamikazuchi (uncles), Shina-no-tobe,
Kawanokami, Wakahirume, Haniyasuhime (aunts), Uke-Mochi (aunt/wife, deceased), Benten
(second wife), Izanagi
(Gods of Japan)
Inari is the son of Takamimusubi and Amaterasu, rulers of an extra-dimensional
race of beings known as the Amatsu-kami who were worshipped as gods by the Ainu,
the ancestors of modern people Japan. Amaterasu was granted rule over Ancient
Japan when Izanagi, the Ruler of the Japanese gods, departed Earth. Amaterasu
became the ancestral goddess of the Japanese gods, sharing her rule with
Tsukiyomi, the moon-god, and Susanowo, the storm-god. Amaterasu reportedly had
several lovers, but she became the wife of the sky-god, Takamimusubi, and
conceived several children by him. Among her children, Inari was worshipped as
the god of rice and prosperity. His brother, Homimi, became the father of Ninigi,
who inherited the throne of Emperor of Japan when Amaterasu departed from Earth
to join her father in Ama, the other-dimensional realm of the Japanese Gods.
eventually became the husband and consort of the food-goddess, Uke-Mochi, but
she was slain by Susanowo, the sea-god, who was offended by her mystical ability
to summon food from her body. In her absence, Inari stepped in to replace her as
protector of the rice crop. In Shinto Religion, worship of Inari was merged with
worship of Uke-Mochi and Inari's worshippers learned to honor him in both male
and female forms. Sometime after Uke-Mochi's demise, Inari took the love-goddess
the majority of Earth’s gods, Inari and the Amatsu-kami have been worshipped
by the Japanese well into the Twentieth Century. In recent years, Mikaboshi,
the god of evil, recovered the Grasscutter Sword from Earth lost by Susanowo,
the storm-god. The sword had been a gift to the Imperial Family of Japan for
centuries, but when the empire fell during World War Two, it was hidden away in
a heavily guarded temple where Mikaboshi lead demonic armies to acquire it for
him. The sword was protected by those samurai who had lost their lives to it,
but Thor and
Gods eventually freed it. They were unable to safely protect it as Asgard,
the home of the Asgardian gods, was frequently invaded by other threats, such as
Fay, who scattered the relics of Asgard on Earth as she seized the Twilight
Sword to remake the Earth to her liking. Thor eventually led the Avengers
against Morgan and reclaimed the Twilight Sword.
the Grasscutter Sword, Mikaboshi severed Ameno-kihasi-date, the bridge
connecting Ama, the home of the Japanese gods, to Earth and unleashed the demons
of Yomi upon Ama. Several of the Kami either lost their lives in the bloodshed
or were forced into hiding in other dimensions. Bishamon the war-god protected
Inari and a small group of the Kami as they retreated to safety. Mikaboshi then
turned his attention to the other gods of Earth and lead an attack on the Olympian
gods as the Asgardians gods had already succumbed to Ragnarok or Twilight of
the Gods. Acting as a messenger, Inari soon rallied with Hermes,
the messenger-god, to unite their two pantheons against Mikaboshi in order to
preserve both their pantheons. However, neither the Kami nor the Olympians truly
trusted each other and Inari had to resort to use trickery and deception in
uniting the two pantheons against their common foe. When Inari visited Olympus
after Mikaboshi’s first attack, his offer for the Kami to come to their aide
was refused by Ares the war-god who in his misgivings against the Japanese god
turned down his offer. Possibly sensing his distrust, Inari requested water to
quench his thirst. Hermes offered him the water, but instead of drinking it,
Inari actually returned with it to the hiding place of the other Kami rescued by
Bishamon, giving the water as a gift to Kumari, the water-goddess. Accepting the
gift, Kumari along with Inari and the Amatsu-kami led by Bishamon finally
rallied with the Olympian gods against Mikaboshi and defeated him. Kumari
returned the honor of what she considered a gift by granting water to Poseidon,
the Olympian sea-god, and joined her powers with his to conjure a flood to fill
Yomi and defeat Mikaboshi who was washed away in the storm. Inari and Hermes
were pleased to see their scheme succeed and became close friends afterward.
the absence of Izanagi,
king of the Amatsu-Kami, Bishamon became the acting ruler of the Japanese gods
with Inari by his side, but which of the Amatsu-kami have survived and their
subsequent whereabouts are is unrevealed.
Weight: 325 lbs.
Strength Level: Inari possesses superhuman strength enabling her to lift (press) 25 tons under optimal conditions.
Known Superhuman Powers: Inari possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Amatsu-kami or Gods of Japan. Like all of the Kami, he is extremely long-lived, but he is not immortal like the Olympian gods. He has not aged 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 Izanagi, Takamimusubi or Susanowo or for a number of Japanese gods of equal power working together to revive him. Though not quite as powerful as the Olympian or Asgardian gods, the Amatsu-kami have greater speed, reflexes and responses. Inari 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 Gods of Japan.)
also has limited mystical skills enabling him to traverse between alternate
dimensions and to change and alter his form. In Ancient Japan, he was known to
take on a female form to mortals.
Inari is an excellent warrior with a fighting style that incorporates aspects
resembling the martial arts.
Weapons: Inari carries an enchanted wooden staff
is often attended by two foxes that act as his messengers.
This profile largely describes Bishamon as he has been seen in the Marvel
Universe; he has not yet been seen in the DC Universe.
Japanese myth, Bishamon represented a blue-faced warrior clad in full armor. His
attributes include a spear and a pagoda, a symbol of religious devotion.
Marvel Comics, Inari seems to have been confused as a messenger-deity; Japanese
myth has three messenger-gods: Kunadono, Michinokami and Chiburinokami.
is unrevealed if Inari is meant to be O-inari from Wolverine: Soultaker#4
Clarifications: Inari should not be confused with:
Mexican god of merchants and travelers (not seen in MU)
Olympian god of speed and travelers, @ Thor I#129
Asgardian messenger god, @ Thor I#274
Mesopotamian god of travelers and messengers (not seen in MU)
African messenger god, @ Doctor Strange III#17
Hindu god of roads and journeys (not seen in MU)
Last updated: 10-8-08
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