We show how the ideograms/syllables of the Awanouta (in the box above) were derived from the Wosite syllabary. This figure is by S. Sakata.
Shown in the box is a chart of the Wosite syllabary. It begins with the blue ideogram for a. Follow the blue arrow to the left for the upper half of the song which Isanagi sings. The red ideogram for mo begins Isanami’s lower half. Follow the red arrows to the right to the end of the song at wa.
You can see why Isanagi’s half is called “upper” and Isanami’s is called “lower”. When the ideograms are written and sung in the given order in 5 – 7 rhythm, the Awanouta of Part 1 is produced.
Verse 402 Hutakami ha
The verse reads:
huta kami ha arata ni mekuri
wo ha hitari me ha miki mekuri
ahi utahu ame no awa uta
hutakami / two kami. aratani / newly. mekuri / to revolve. hitari / left. miki / right. ahi (ai) / together.
The two kami newly went around
male to the left female to the right
sang together song of Cosmos.
This is the famous story of how Isanagi goes around to the left and Isanami to the right. Isanagi sings first and Isanami sings second. That is the proper way. The reason is: Isanagi’s song comes from the upper five lines of the syllabary, minus the last syllable, mo. Isanami starts with mo and goes through the rest of the chart to the end, wa. His lines are regular: 5, 5, 5, 5, 5-1. Hers are irregular: 1+5, 4, 5, 4, 5 and begins with mo. Thus it can be said that it was not proper for her to sing first, as the well-known legend relates. When they realized this, then he sang first and all was well.
The singing and movements of Isanami and Isanagi may be considered to be a ceremony for giving birth to a good country. This insight of theirs came from much praying with their whole hearts.