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Wakauta no Aya

MOTOAKE

Awanouta

Wakauta no Aya is the name of a part of the Mikasahumi document, and it was discovered in 2013. The main topic is the Awanouta which is, in a way, the theme song of the Wosite literature. In a mere 148 lines, the aya covers such topics as Motoake cosmology, Nekoye power of speech, and Kuni-umi birth of a nation. It is really charming, with its story of Amateru and his sister Hiruko Wakahime discussing Kuni-umi. By studying this aya, we gain a better understanding of how Awanouta is connected with Motoake.

Motoake

The aya gives a description of Motoake. However, the opening lines appear to be missing, since it takes up the Anami-kami in the second ring without first explaining the Amoto center and the Akuta-kami in the first ring. Let us fill in some of the details for the sake of completeness. Then we shall proceed to take up the lines by line number.

In the center of the circular Motoake chart of creation (see above image) is the Amoto, where the Great Origin Auwa is found. Auwa is written with the three characters  A-U-Wa,The  A is the cosmic A, the U is the cosmic U, and the Wa is the cosmic Wa. Wa means Earth and Moon; A is the cosmos. U represents birthing. A-U-Wa represents the action of the Original Presence, the source of creation, Amemiwoya. The eight Akuta-kami are To, Ho, Ka, Mi, Ye, Hi, Ta, Me. They protect the Amoto center and are responsible for the human throat. The eight Anami-kami (A, I, Hu, He, Mo, Wo, Su, Si) produce and protect sound and Nekoye (4). The 32 Misohu-kami produce and protect the human body (mi-katati) (6). Then everything (yoromono) is produced, not a thing is not produced this way (10). The Hutakami went throughout Onokoro-sima, spreading the song of Awauta, the song of this cosmological process.

Wosite Text of Wakauta no Aya

The text is given below in its entirety. The analysis of the aya continues in the next post.

Awauta #1Awauta #2Awauta #3

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