Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto and Sarutahiko-no-Ohkami meeting
art of ninzuwu

The Mountains of Xuz: Sarutahiko-no-Okami and Warrior Priesthood

The Art of Ninzuwu is in essence a martial art form. This reveals that martial arts were originally shamanic in nature; the original warriors were also priest and shamans. The story of Xuz, one of the patrons of the Art of Ninzuwu, has an esoteric meaning connecting his nature as a warrior with that of being a bridge between the worlds of Heaven and Earth. This is why in the Yi Jing Apocrypha of Genghis Khan, Xuz corresponds with the Mountain Trigram.  Mountains in many cultures are considered the meeting points of Heaven and Earth.

Yi Jing Apocrypha of Genghis Khan:

Xuz is the Mountain, the youngest son. He is the Watcher. When the spirit is on high all the other lands can be seen. The Mountain is where Heaven and Earth meet. This is the wisdom of Xuz.

It is a silent land and in silence Xuz can be easily understood. The Mountain rest upon the Earth. Xuz is the warrior-priest who is defiant to all things that occurred before. This is the most essential part of the initiation.

The Land of Xuz is a mount Ainnus land, eight mountains in total. Its sign consist of five parts. It is the space of stillness where one begins to learn the knowledge of the five elements.

Mountain Trigram:

mountain trigram


Xuz (3rd line)
Quekanuit (2nd line)
Nzu (1st line)

The Mountain of Xuz is called a silent land, and Xuz can be understood in silence.  The second line of the Mountain Trigram is Quekanuit. In the Ivory Tablets of the Crow it is written, “Quekanuit is said to be the Empty Space of the Warrior. It is a place that is empty of images and things usually perceived by the mind.”  In the story of Xuz he entered a cave to protect himself from the harsh elements of the cold.  The refuge in the cave represents silencing the mind.  In the stillness of the mind, Xuz gained an enlightenment, represented by the appearance of his wife Nudzuchi who saved him:

One day Xuz decided to take a journey to the land of the Orientals. During his travels Xuz fell sick, due to the extreme cold, a task that is difficult for some men traveling from Zuho. Xuz took refuge in a cave, hoping that the cold wind would cease and fell asleep with only a portion of food for day left, being that his company abandoned him. He awoke in fear from the sound of coming footsteps. Shortly after, a woman appeared with a fresh pot of stew in her hands and a drawn sword. She was a beautiful maiden with long black hair and full lips, like the flowers that last for one season. The woman spoke to Xuz in a language that he could not understand. She sat down next to Xuz and fed him the stew with one hand while holding the sword by his throat with the other. But when Xuz revealed himself to her, the woman was astonished to see a man with black armor. She trembled with fear, thinking that he might be an emissary from the other worlds. She withdrew her sword and stayed with him for some time. She taught him the mysterious language of the Orientals and their knowledge of certain plants and how to heal the body. Eventually, Xuz took the woman, whose name is Lady of Heaven, the Warrior Priestess, as his wife. She is the one that the kings of the East would later call the Nzu-Phe-Phe-Hmu and would boast about being a child of her. But know that these things had not occurred at the time of her meeting Xuz. Xuz came to know Nudzuchi, and she bore him a daughter, Johuta, also known as the Queen of Stars.

It should be noted that in the Initiation of the Ivory Tablets of the Crow, Quekanuit is followed by the Dream of the Ayaqox.  The Ayaqox is identified with Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto, the heavenly kami.  Much like Xuz took refuge in the cave and received healing from Nudzuchi, one must pass through the Empty Space of the Warrior; Quekanuit before gaining access to the realm of the Ayaqox and her healing.  Uzume-no-Mikoto is the wife of Sarutahiko-no-Okami.

Sarutahiko Ōkami (猿田毘古大神, 猿田彦大神), is the leader of the earthly kami, deity of the Japanese religion of Shinto. Sarutahiko Ōkami is seen as a symbol of strength and guidance, which is why he is the patron of martial arts such as aikido.[1] He enshrined at Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture, first among the 2000 shrines of Sarutahiko Ōkami, Sarutahiko Jinja in Ise, Mie and Ōasahiko Shrine in Tokushima Prefecture. In the Nihon Shoki, he is the one who greets Ninigi-no-Mikoto, the grandson of Amaterasu, the Sun goddess, when he descends from Takama-ga-hara.[2] He is depicted as a towering man with a large beard, jeweled spear, ruddy face, and long nose. At first he is unwilling to yield his realm until persuaded by Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto, the kami of dance and the arts, whom he later marries.[3]

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