Being written in early 8th century Japan, Kojiki is one of the oldest accounts of Japanese mythology. It was written Yasumaro in 712 C.E. (Philippi, 1968, 43). Kojiki is still regarded today as an important book in the Shinto religion, which is the ethnic religion of the Japanese people. The first section of the book explains how heaven and earth came into existence and the formations of divine gods, or deities. According to the book, there is a heaven that the spirits occupy, called …show more content…
After many battles, Eboshi gets the forest spirit’s head. Princess Mononoke and Ashitaka manage to return the spirit’s head and the spirit heals the land and the prince’s curse. The princess goes back to the forest and the forest starts to grow back after the whole ordeal.
Spirits are the main focus in both Princess Mononoke and Kojiki. Both stories are based around these “spirits” and are seen as the guiding force of their worlds. An example of this can be seen when the spirits fight back against the humans in Princess Mononoke. Similarly, in Kojiki Izanami-No-Mikoto, who is a “spirit”, promises to kill a thousand people a day. In both situations, the “spirits” are guiding forces in the human world.
There are also many differences between the two stories.. For example, the way the spirits take form is very different Kojiki and Princess Mononoke. In Princess Mononoke, spirits are usually in animal form and live in the forest. In contrast, the spirits in Kojiki take form as land masses, such as islands, and invisible gods of specific things. They tend to be single or in pairs while the spirits in Princess Mononoke are typically in