Destiny Defined

Destiny Armory Defined entry for 09.26.2019

"Shame. Guilt. Fear. We all bear them. Gather your regrets, purge them as best you can. Let your enemies feel the weight of your burdens."

- Ada-1

Izanagi's Burden

Basic Information

Link to Lore Entry

Released: Destiny 2 (Season of the Forge)

Rarity: Exotic

Category: Weapon

SubCategory: Power / Heavy

Archetype: Sniper Rifle

Perk: Honed Edge (Consume magazine to imbue single round with increased range & damage)

Available Ornaments: RONIN; FATHER OF ISLANDS

Affiliations: Black Armory

Additional / Expanded Information

The creation myth mirrors the Hive and their story of the Fundament.

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Izanagi’s visit to Izanami in Yomi-no-kuni can be seen as somewhat of a parallel of the Greek myth of Orpheus’s journey to Hades to rescue Eurydice – though the aspect of Izanami unable to return from the land of the dead due to her having consumed food while in hell resembles the myth of Persephone.

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Sniper rifle is acquired through the completion of the Mysterious Box quest. The quest steps for this are:

1. Collect four keys

– Fishhook key (Volundr Forge, EDZ)
– Butterfly key (Izanami Forge, Nessus)
– Hand key (Gofannon Forge, Nessus)
– Black Armory key (Bergusia Forge, EDZ)

2. Forge the Unknown Frame

– Gather an Obsidian Crystal
– Complete the Shattered Throne
– Complete the Pyramidion strike (640 level difficulty)
– Complete EDZ mission

Definition Summary

Izanami: In Japanese Shinto mythology, Izanami-no-mikoto is a goddess of both creation and death, and the former wife of the god Izanagi-no-mikoto. Her name translates into “she who invites”.

Izanagi: In Japanese Shinto mythology, Izanagi-no-mikoto was born of the seven divine generations and the former husband of the goddess Izanami-no-mikoto. His name translates into “he who invites”.

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Within the Japanese creation myth, Izanagi & Izanami are considered the main focus – they were the beings created by the first gods, Kunitokotachi & Amenominakanushi, and tasked with the creation of land after the separation of heaven and earth from the chaos. To achieve this feat, the siblings were given a jeweled spear, Amenonuhoko. Taking this, the pair journeyed to Ame-no-ukihashi, the “floating bridge of heaven”, and stirred the primeval sea below – creating Onogoroshima from the droplets which fell from the spear. Following the creation of the island, the siblings descended from the bridge, making their home upon the first land.

Soon after, they wished to marry – so they built a pillar named Ame-no-mihashira, the “pillar of heaven”, and proceeded to perform a marriage ceremony in which they separated from one another, circling the pillar in opposite directions. When they met on the other side, Izanami spoke in greeting before Izanagi – and though Izanagi felt this improper, they proceeded with the ceremony. This resulted in the birth of Hiruko, who would later be known in Shintoism by the name Ebisu, and Awashima – deformed offspring the siblings refused to acknowledge as deities. Izanami and Izanagi placed the children in a boat and pushed it into the sea before returning to the other gods to seek an explanation of what they had done wrong.

The older gods told the siblings during the marriage ceremony, the male deity should have spoken first instead of the female. Because of this mistake, the ceremony was unsuccessful, resulting in the deformed offspring. To correct this error, the siblings returned to Ame-no-mihashira and repeated the ceremony, this time Izanagi speaking first when they met. Following this successful ceremony, the pair produced the Oyashima, or the “great eight islands” of the Japanese chain.

After the Oyashima, Izanami proceeded to bear six more islands and multiple deities of Shinto. However, in the act of giving birth to the fire-god Kagu-tsuchi, Izanami experienced fatal burns and died. Due to her wounds, she descended into Yomi-no-kuni and out of grief for his wife’s death, Izanagi executed Kagu-tsuchi with his sword, Ame-no-Ohabari. After beheading the child, Izanagi cut his body into eight pieces – each which became a volcano. The blood of Kagu-tsuchi which fell from Izanagi’s blade generated a number of deities as well.

Within the Japanese mythology, the birth and subsequent death of Kagu-tsuchi marks the end of the creation cycle and the beginning of death. In his grief, Izanagi traveled to the land of the dead, Yomi-no-kuni, in an attempt to rescue his beloved. However, during her time there, Izanami consumed food cooked within the furnace of the underworld, making it an impossible task. Izanagi could not leave her and, though he had made a promise to not do so, lit a flame to allow him to see his wife once more while she slept. In the sudden burst of light, he witnessed what had become of the once beautiful Izanami – her graceful figure now ravaged by death, rotten and infested with maggots.

Out of fear of what he saw, Izanagi cried out and fled back towards the land of the living, abandoning his wife. Upon his cry, Izanami woke and, with a shriek, gave chase – sending before her Yakusa-no-ikazuchi-no-kami and various shikome to hunt for her fleeing husband and return him to Yomi.

Upon his return to the land of the living, Izanagi moved a boulder across the mouth of the Yomotsuhirasaka, closing the cavern serving as an entrance to Yomi and creating a barrier between the two worlds. Coming behind him, Izanami found her way blocked, and raged against her husband – vowing to destroy 1,000 residents of the living every day in retribution of his betrayal. Izanagi, out of anger, responded with the vow to give life to 1,500 residents each day.

Following his escape from Yomi, Izanagi bathed in the sea to purify himself from contact with the dead. During this ritualistic cleansing, the sun goddess Amaterasu came forth from his left eye, the moon god Tsukiyomi from his right eye, and the storm god Susanoo from his nose.

In Shinto religion, Izanagi’s bath is regarded as an important ritual purification practice today, seen in the practice of shrine-goers washing themselves with water prior to entering sacred spaces.

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