Goddess Ukemochi – Shinto Goddess of Cooking and Food

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Goddess Ukemochi is a Shinto Goddess responsible for cooking and food, especially grains. There are several grain-related deities, such as Goddess Inari, for example, and Ukemochi is often seen as an aspect of Goddess Toyouke (in the main image here) and Goddess Ogetsuhime which can lead us to see Ukemochi as a Goddess Triple.

Although the three have different histories each, in the end, they are all responsible for abundant food and they all are related to Goddess Amaterasu in some way. They are also related to the brothers of Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi and Susanoo.

Check below a video with the stories of Toyouke, Ukemochi and Ogetsuhime:

Goddess Ukemochi - Illustration
Goddess Ukemochi – Illustration

Ukemochi, as well as Toyouke and Ogetsuhime, are calm Goddesses renowned for offering banquets and plentiful food to everyone in need. All of them provide food and grains, used by Amaterasu, to plant rice fields on Earth.

  • Attributes: Goddess of rice, nutrition, abundance and cooking
  • Symbols: Food in general, mainly rice, beans, corn, wheat and nori (a type of edible seaweed, common in oriental cuisine)
  • Place: Japan
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Goddess Ukemochi – Goddess of Food

Goddess Toyouke / Ukemochi
Goddess Toyouke / Ukemochi, Image from “Shinto Cocoro

Goddess Ukemochi has her main story told in Nihongi. It is said that Amaterasu sent her brother, Tsukuyomi, to visit Ukemochi. When he reached her, the Goddess produced a huge banquet with 100 tables filled with many different types of food.

Ukemochi produced this banquet through her mouth, a fact that filledTsukuyomi with disgust and anger, for he considered the food “polluted.” Tsukuyomi then took his sword and killed Ukemochi.

Tsukuyomi disliked the way Ukemochi produced the food, so he killed her
Tsukuyomi disliked the way Ukemochi produced the food, so he killed her

From Ukemochi’s head came the cattle; Rice sprang from her belly, and wheat and beans emerged from her genitals.

Amaterasu, saddened by what happened, did not want to meetTsukuyomi anymore. Thus, Sun and Moon are separated. At the same time, Amaterasu was happy to know that Ukemochi had been turned into grains and she used them to spread crops across the Earth.

According to The Kojiki, the story of Ogetsuhime is very similar to that of Ukemochi. When Susanoo was expelled from the skies, he went after Ogetsuhime in search of food. The Goddess prepared a banquet for him, just like Ukemochi, producing food from her mouth. Susanoo did not like the attitude and killed the Goddess whose body produced rice, soybeans, beans, silkworms and more.

Susanoo killed Ogetsuhime too because he thought the banquet was dirty.
Susanoo killed Ogetsuhime too because he thought the banquet was dirty.

Goddess Toyouke, on the other hand, does not have a tragic ending. She was very attached to Amaterasu and therefore Amaterasu ordered her to have her temple transferred from the province of Tamba to the Temple of Ise, where Amaterasu is enshrined. Since then, Toyouke is in Geiku (Outer Sanctuary) and Amaterasu is in Naiku (Inner Shrine).

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Goddess Ukemochi – Goddess of Abundance

Ukemochi, Ogetsuhime and Toyouke are Goddesses who provide food in abundance and were responsible for spreading grains for crops all over the Earth.

To this day, these Goddesses receive offerings in their temples, but instead of gold and precious things, they receive food prepared with as much love as what they feel for people.

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Goddess Ukemochi – Summoning

Ukemochi is a Goddess who can be summoned to make your life abundant: happiness, food or love. To summon her there is a simple spell that can be done.

Necessary items:

  • Green or white candle
  • Something to draw on the candle, it could be a stick
  • A piece of white paper
  • Some string

Use the stick to engrave something on the candle. Let your creativity flow through the designs, kanjis or letters you want to draw. Write on paper what you want to bring in abundance for your life and tie it with the string.

Light the candle and burn the paper while reciting or mentalizing:

Goddess Ukemochi, Goddess of Food and Bounty

I welcome you with abundance and tenderness

Watch the candle, and as it burns, and say 7 times:

The flame of this candle grows as much as the abundance around me!

If possible, meditate about your request until the candle burns completely. Take the leftover ashes and wax and bury them together in a place away from your home.

The Goddess Tarot

Goddess Ukemochi - The Goddess Tarot
Goddess Ukemochi – The Goddess Tarot

Goddess Ukemochi is on the Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr. The card number XIII, Ukemochi, represents The World.

After her death, the body of the Japanese Goddess Ukemochi was transformed into food supply for humanity. Her head turned cattle, grains sprouted from her forehead, rice plants sprouted from the belly of the Goddess, thus, death became life.

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