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Kusanagi Yatagarasu

Project Kusanagi Yatagarasu is the brother or companion project to Oni 667. The idea came about after the photo shot for Oni 667. I was going to vist some friends that work at the Women's Resource Center at California State University San Bernardino. When I walked into the center the girl working looked at me and gave me a weird look. In my right hand I was carrying angel wings. I looked at her and gave a stoic reply, " I killed an angel". She laughed and went back to work. But in that moment I came up with this idea Kusanagi Yatagarasu a human-demon-angel.

 

His name come from two famous legends the sword of Kusanagi and Yatagarasu, the three-legged bird of victory. Kusanagi is a sword that was found after the slaying of Yamata no Orochi an eight-headed and eight-tailed dragon by storm-god Susanoo. The sword of Kusanagi is also known has Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi it is the legendary Japanese sword and one of three Imperial Regalia of Japan. It was originally called Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi ("Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven") but its name was later changed to the more popular Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi ("Grass Cutting Sword"). It had the ability to cut air.

 

Yatagarasu the three-legged bird of victory is a mythical creature that turns up in many traditional legends from Central Asia, East Asia, Egypt and North Africa.  The appearance of this great bird is construed to be evidence of the will of Heaven or divine intervention in human affairs. In Japan Yatagarasu was sent to guide Emperor Jimmu on his journey to be the founder of Kumano which is now known as Yamato.

 

 

The mythos I'm creating around the character Kusanagi Yatagarasu is that he is a human-demon-angel. He is the bane of both heaven, hell, and chaos. Kusanagi Yatagarasu duty is to keep the infighting of hell and heaven from spilling into the mortal realm. He other job is keep the agents of chaos the Oni 667 under control. But because he is partly mortal Kusanagi Yatagarasu has frailty like any human. His human half is what gives him great strength that the other celestial beings do not have. He is the symbol of the overpowering strength of the human spirit.