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“The Root of Taoism is in Wosite Japan” – 3. To-no-Wosite and Taoism


Mother of the West holding peaches of immortality

To-no-Wosite and Ukesuteme

We have described how the teachings of To-no-Wosite were brought to China from Hinomoto many millenia ago. We have also presented the story of Ukesuteme who became the spiritual master, Mother of the West, known to Taoists as Xi Wangmu.

To no Wosite and Taoism

We now come to the title of this series, “The Root of Taoism is in Wosite Japan.” It is derived from this part of Beace’s post:







In other words, the root of Taoism (Shinsen thought) is To-no-Wosite and the Jomon philosophy and culture that were introduced to the continent from Japan.

Beace is stating the the root of Taoism is threefold, all stemming from the Wosite civilization:

(1) To-no-Wosite teachings

(2) Jomon-Wosite philosophy

(3) Jomon-Wosite culture

Ukesuteme Becomes Mother of the West and Deity of Longevity

The To-no-Wosite…

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“The Root of Taoism is in Wosite Japan” –  2. Ukesuteme is Mother of the West


Seiōbo, Mother of the West, Ukesuteme. (Nisi no Haha Seiōbo by Maruyama Okyo, 18th century)


Trained by Toyoke Kami, Ukesuteme herself became a sage and a human kami, i.e., a spiritual master. Her name in Japanese is Nishi-no-Haha (also pronounced Seiōbo), Mother of the West, whose birthday is celebrated on the third day of the third month. This is also the day of the Hina Matsuri, or Girls Day, also called the Festival of the Peaches, for she is associated with the abundance of peaches. See our post on Hina Matsuri.

Ukesuteme in China

The effect that Ukesuteme had on China is threefold:

  1. She taught the wisdom of To-no-Wosite in western China,
  2. She became a spiritual master, the Taoist Immortal Xi Wangmu, and
  3. Her To-no-Wosite teachings may be the main root of Taoist philosophy.

Let us learn how Ukesuteme became the Queen Mother of the West.

Ukesuteme and Toyoke-Kami

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“The Root of Taoism is in Wosite Japan” – 1. Taoism and Mother of the West


Legendary Taoist sage Lao Tzu of the 5th century BCE


“The root of Taoismisin Wosite Japan.”

This is our Wosite teacher Beace’s stunning thesis in her post here. We render her article into English in this series of three posts.

The wisdom of To-no-Wosite was developed in the early days of the Wosite civilization. The founder of the land of Hinomoto (an early name for the islands of Japan) was Kunitokotati. His eight children spread civilization far and wide. In particular, Ka-no-Kunisatuti took the To-no-Wosite teachings to the land in the west which we now call China. He and his descendants settled in the western mountains, thousands of years ago. They thrived by following the Way of To, and this may have been a root of the Way of Tao, or Taoism.

As the centuries rolled on, people drifted away from the Way and society became disharmonious…

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Calendar: 4. Global Solar Calendar

Iwaya-Iwakage of Kanayama Megaliths

Kanayama Megaliths Solar Calendar, a global solar calendar. Art by Shiho Tokuda.

Kanayama Megaliths Solar Calendar

The solar calendar of the Kanayama Megaliths is depicted here. We will also call it the Six-Seasons Global Calendar. Winter solstice 12/22 is at the bottom. In the three previous posts, we have explained how this calendar is constructed from the four yearly quarter dates (the solstice and equinox dates), plus the four astronomical cross-quarter ACQ dates. In the numerous reports we have posted on this Iwakage site about observational events throughout the years, you have seen how field data are collected to establish where we are in this yearly cycle.

The Calendar is a framework for the cycle of seasons of the year. It is kept accurate by real-time observations of solar events. Some of the observational events are spots of light on surfaces which are made by beams of light from the…

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Calendar: 3 Sinusoidal Sun, Lahaina Noon, and Six Seasons

Iwaya-Iwakage of Kanayama Megaliths

Solar declination

Solar Declination is Sinusoidal

To understand the calendar theoretically, we need to study the sun’s declination and its altitude over the course of a year.Solar declination is the angle between the sun’s rays and the plane of the earth’s equator. It is shown above as 23.4 degrees for summer solstice when the sun appears highest in the sky.

Solar year: earth orbits sun (

By agreeing on this definition of declination, and since the earth’s orbit around the sun is nearly circular, the combined effect of viewing the sun from earth over a linear time period of a year we obtain the sinusoidal graph below. Sinusoidal is an adjective meaning like a sine function, a sine curve, shown here.

Sinusoidal function. Credit here.

When we calculate the declination of a theoretical earth-sun system from geometrical principles of earth in orbit, we get a sine curve for angle…

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