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As regards Yatagarasu

Yatagarasu is mythical raven who aided Emperor Jimmu on his eastern expedition.

By the order of Takagi no kami, Yatagarasu was sent as a guide to lead from Kumano to Uda in Yamato Province.

Yatagarasu appearing in the Japanese mythology is considered to have been not just a raven but a sacred symbol of the sun god, and seems to have had something to do with religious belief.

Yatagarasu is a raven with three legs and the each leg represent heaven, earth, and human being respectively.

Yatagarasu as a raven-god is a symbol specifically of guidance and Kumano shrine(熊野神社) which is a type of Shinto shrine.

Interestingly enough, the three-legged crow is a creature found in various mythologies and arts of East Asia including Korea and Chine.

It is believed by East Asian cultures to inhabit and represent the Sun.

It has also been found figured on ancient coins from Lycia and Pamphylia.

Yatagarasu is kind of religious object and is not part of Yokai (specter), which is an unusual being with supernatural powers that can cause bizarre and abnormal phenomena that are beyond human understanding in folk beliefs handed down in Japan.

Yatagarasu, Kumano