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須佐之男: a scene from a 神楽 (​kagura) play where Susanoo slays Orochi, the eight-headed serpent.
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Uncertain, with many possible derivations. One of the more compelling explanations is that this is a compound of すさ (susa, roughness, wildness, root word unattested in isolation, but found in terms such as 凄まじい (susamajii, terrible, dreadful) or 荒む (susamu, to be wild, to be savage)) +‎ (no, possessive particle) +‎ (o, man).[1] In this case, the kanji would be ateji.

Another theory is that this may be a compound of 須佐 (Susa, name of a place in Japan, where the god is supposed to have first touched earth) +‎ (no, possessive particle) +‎ (o, man).[2]


Proper nounEdit

須佐之男 (hiragana すさのお, katakana スサノオ, romaji Susanoo, historical hiragana すさのを)

  1. (mythology, Shintō): Susanoo, the Japanese storm god
  2. (poetic) a storm


  1. ^ p. 123日本文化の古層 (Nihon Bunka no Kosō, “The Substrata of Japanese Culture”, in Japanese) by A. Slavic, Mirai-sha, Tōkyō, 1984; ISBN 9784624200459:
  2. ^ 神道の本:八百万の神々がつどう秘教的祭祀の世界 (Shintō no Hon: Happyaku-man no Kamigami ga Tsudou Hikyōteki Saishi no Sekai, “The Shintō Book: The World of Esoteric Rituals, Crowded with 8 Million Gods”, in Japanese), Gakken, Tōkyō, 1992; ISBN 9784051060244: