A while back I wrote an item on Shinto deities. Some e-mailers have wanted me to add more of them to my “deity of the day” feature, so here we go! For my initial bit on Shinto gods and goddesses click here: http://www.makethelist.net/the-top-10-deities-in-shinto-mythology/
OMITSUNO – The god who ruled over the western land near Izumo. This area was where all the deities in the Shinto pantheon would gather once a year for the Assembly of the Gods, during which they would decide which human beings would fall in love with which other human beings. Omitsuno became the ruler of this territory by lassoing the land mass from the Korean mainland and pulling it across the Sea of Japan with his enormous strength, then making it part of the Japanese Islands. Supposedly this myth spread outward from Japan and influenced Polynesian myths about the demi-god Maui fishing up islands from the bottom of the ocean. Omitsuno is the grandson of the storm god Susanowo and the son of Okuninushi, the god of medicine.