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Katakamuna, Ryutai, and Wosite Scripts

Introduction

Wosite is not the only script of ancient indigenous Japan. There were many others. Of all these scripts, Wosite is one of the oldest and the most “scientific.” By that, we mean that Wosite is systematic and logical, and its basis is a deep understanding of the principles of the universe and the physical laws by which it operates. This depth of concept that is encoded in the Wosite script is evidence of abstract thinking of early people. This may come as a surprise to many moderns who have assumed that we have only recently come to this level of thought and consciousness.

Popular Kamiyomoji Culture in Japan

There is currently a rather widespread interest in Japan of looking toward the past, to the Jōmon period, from the end of the last Ice Age to the turn of the Common Era.

This is true of anime and manga which depict mythological characters in fantasy. Where are the artists getting their inspiration from? There is also a “healing” and a “powerspot” boom for those seeking an improvement in their lives. Some of the “healing” is said to come from writing Kamiyomoji “divine characters” much as Buddhists meditate by copying sutras over and over. Kamiyomoji are scripts of indigenous Japan, long before Chinese writing was introduced. We have observed that some of those interests are connected with what we know about the Wosite civilization and culture. We students of Wosite can gain fuller understanding by taking a look at these peripheral subjects.

Katakamuna, Ryutai, and Wosite Scripts

Katakamuna verse

Some of the readers of our Okunomichi and WorshiteWorld blogs came to our sites to read about Katakamuna, so we know that people are searching on that keyword. Katakamuna is one of the ancient scripts and we have written on that subject, although there is a very limited amount of primary source material. Ryutai is another script which we will present in this article.

Ages of these scripts are hard to pinpoint. Followers of Ryutai claim that it is one of the oldest scripts at 5,600 years of age, which we will shortly explain. Katakamuna is difficult to date, but it is also very old. Wosite researchers such as Beace state that Wosite existed 6,000 to 8,000 years ago, 4,000 to 6,000 BCE. This would make Wosite older than Ryutai. And the Futomani of Ryutai was formed following the Hutomani of Wosite as many of the Ryutai blogs indicate.

Ryutai Script

Ryutai script is called in modern Japanese ryutaimoji. Written in kanji (modern Chinese letters) as 龍体文字, Ryutaimoji may be translated as “dragon characters.” The word 龍 ryu meaning dragon has replaced the native Japanese word for dragon, たつ tatsu. Followers believe that each character has a Kototama meaning with its own power for healing, and they become practitioners by repeatedly writing out Ryutai characters. 

Ryutai Futomani

Do you recognize the familiar layout of the mandalas shown at the top? We know the one on the left as the Motoake chart of the cosmic origin of the universe as described in the Wosite document, the Hutomani which was compiled by Amateru Amakami. The version of the Motoake chart with inscribed Ryutai characters is called Futomani. The Ryutai Futomani chart is formed from the Wosite Motoake by replacing the 48 Wosite characters by their corresponding Ryutai letters. 

The central circle may seem unfamiliar, but it is simply a 90-degree rotation of the Amoto circle of Amemiwoya. The three Ryutai letters are the three Wosite characters for A-U-Wa. “A-U-Wa” in Wosite means the Birth (U) of Cosmos (A) and Earth (Wa), namely the origin of the universe. 

Kami of the “Age of Gods”

It is the dating of the mythological “Age of Gods” of the governmentally-sanctioned Kojiki, produced in 712 CE, that gives rise to Ryutai dating. In other words, the names of the Kami indicate offer a clue as to the events of their period. For example, if we know when a certain Kami lived, then associated events can be approximately dated and a sort of history established. This seems to be the case with the Ryutai.

Glossary for this Western-conventional translation (not our translation).  English-language translations of the old documents of the historical period of Japan, such as the Kojiki, were produced by Westerners from a Christian culture. They used words such as “god” and “heaven” which were foreign concepts to native Japanese. Nevertheless, we are stuck with these non-politically-correct terms. 

“神, Kami” is translated as “god.” (However, in indigenous Japan, a Kami is a Kami, not a god.)

“天, Ama, Ame” is translated as “Heaven.” (In indigenous worldview, Ama is Space or Cosmos, as different from Earth.)

Note that Wosite researcher Beace has defined Kami as she understood the ancient people meant. Please see our interpretations of her posts. Since Beace was the teacher of Okunomichi, the writer of these WoshiteWorld blogs, the posts on this site provide our understanding of Kami and Ama. They can be found by use of the Search box.

“別天津神, Kotoamatsukami” refers to the first group of “gods” to appear after creation, as described in the Kojiki.

The Kotoamatsukami appeared in this order:

 Amenominakanushi

 Takamimusubi

 Kamimusubi

 Umashiashikabihikoji

 Amenotokotachi

Dating Ryutai

The two steps in the reasoning of the Ryutai age come from (1) Ryutai appeared in the time of Umashiashikabihikoji, and (2) Umashiashikabihikoji lived around 5,600 years ago. Therefore, it is said that Ryutai script is 5,600 years old.

Applications to Modern Generation

As previously mentioned, Ryutai is being touted as a healing practice. Wosite, on the other hand, is not only a healing practice, it offers the modern generation a sustainable worldview. Wosite offers us the wisdom of our ancient ancestors who knew well the principles of the Universe. Wosite wisdom is a set of guidelines for people to live in harmony with each other, with Nature, and with Universe. We can follow these guiding principles to make a world of higher consciousness, well-being, and happiness for our children and the future.

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Kuromanta Yama

Kuromanta coverThis book is by Suzuki Akira.

Kuromanta Yama is a man-made pyramid of seven layers built around four thousand years ago in Akita Ken.  The name ‘Kuramanta’ is not a Japanese word. It is probably from the Jomon. We visited in October 2010. . The pyramid shape was created by Jomon people who started with a natural hill, made seven layers, and then smoothed the sides. This was reported by a university team using x-ray techniques. The forest cover makes it look like a natural yama except for its symmetry. As we can see, the pyramid rises abruptly from the farmland plain.

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The Motomiya Shrine crowns Kuromanta. Although ‘Motomiya’ was named after someone a thousand years ago, intriguingly enough it means ‘original shrine.’ It is said that there has been a shrine at the peak since ancient days. The peak is actually a flat area, as the photo below shows.

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The torii announcing the entrance and path to Motomiya Jinja.

The shrine at the top appears as we climb the forested mountain. The shrine building is a simple wooden structure.

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Kuromanta map

Here is a map from the book. What we need is the location of Kuromanta. The closest we have found is that of Oyu stone circles nearby, 40.3N 140.8 E. Here, the solstice angle is 31.6 degrees.

You will first note that the cardinal directions are shifted by five degrees; the dark lines are the cardinal directions of the Jomon. This is due to their age of 4,100 years ago. Due to precession, the North Star at the time was Ryu-za alpha, Alpha Draconis (Thuban) in the constellation Draco the Dragon. Kuromanta pyramid mountain is at the center of the map. To its southwest is the location of the Oyu Stone Circles indicated by a dot in a circle. There are jinja to the east and west of Kuromanta. We saw the shrine to the east and it was rather unremarkable; no one living near it could say who the enshrined kami is (currently there is a ceramic state of a Bodhisattva). Then therere is the Kusaki Jinja to the south and the Kuromori-yama (Black Forest Mountain) up north – their north.

Note also the many other alignments the author has found – some of them are in directions of the solstice sunrises and sunsets. There are five lines leading to Inu-Hoeru-Mori (Barking Dog Forest). We wanted to go there but we could find no roads to take us. Wouldn’t you be curious too?

Another thing we’ve noticed is the heights of the mountains in this region. Kuromanta is not so tall at 280 m, There are taller mountains to the north (549m) and two to the east (768m and 646m), the 646m one being the Barking Dog Forest. There is also to the northeast, the White Mountain at 429m. in the northwest another pyramid mountain is indicated, at height 332m.

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Oyu Stone Circles

Oyu stone circles were made by Jomon people thousands of years ago. They have solsticial markers. There are two major circles.  Here is the first, called Manza.

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Look closely at the mountain in the third and fourth photos. It is Kuromanta yama.

This is the second site, Nonaka.

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This standing stone is surrounded by directional stones. Note how the Japanese stone circles differ from the European ones. For one, the standing stones are not so tall. For another, they have this type of arrangement of stones. Do you see the cardinal directions in the photo below? This circle is said to have solstice directions which are, at this latitude, thirty degrees from east-west.

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Akita is near the northern end of Honshu.

Jomon Artifacts

The Jomon were the first people to make pottery. Here are some of the artifacts found in Tohoku, displayed in the museums at Oyu and at Tagajo. First at the Oyu museum, there are remarkable Jomon specimens. In addition to Jomon pottery, we see a human figure marked with – are they acupuncture points?

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These pottery artifacts (below) are from the Tohoku History Museum at Tagajo City, near Sendai. The mask-like piece is distinctive, although it does not resemble modern Japanese faces. The two figurines in ‘spacesuits’ are called Arahabaki. It is a mystery what they represent and why they are so named. Look for my additional posts on Arahabaki. Jomon made a large variety of pots. The museum displayed a number of haniwa terracotta (unglazed) pieces from the kofun period which followed the Jomon.

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Hancock on the Legacy of the Jomon

From the book, UNDERWORLD: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization by GRAHAM HANCOCK

Three Rivers Press, New York, 2002

On pages 575-76, Hancock tells how he felt at Cape Ashizuri, Shikoku Island.

As I stood silently amongst the trees and the rock, looking up at a distant sun, I felt the prow of the stone boat beneath my fingers and was reminded again of the very many ways in which the Jomon are still alive today – alive through their pottery, alive through their sacred mountains, alive through rock shrines in deserted forests and in the depths of the sea, alive as great and powerful ancestral kami, alive as ideas embedded within the mysteries of the Shinto religion. And as I thought through everything I had learned about the Jomon I realized how far I had moved from the original preconceptions I had held about them. For here were a people who had explored their world by land and sea – reaching the Americas at least twice between 15,000 and 5000 years ago. Here were a people who had used pottery millenia before anyone else and gone on to refine it into a beautiful art form. Here were a people who engineered their landscape to create sacred mountains, circles of stone, temples of rock. Here were a people who lived in harmony with their environment, who made use of an intelligent mixture of strategies to ensure comfortable survival and security for the future, and who successfully avoided the pitfalls of militarism, materialism, conspicuous consumption and overpopulation that so many other cultures of the ancient world lost their way in. Here, above all, was a people whose civilization remained intact and flourished – decently, humanely, even generously, as far as we can know these things from the archaeological record, for more than 14,000 years.

If they could only speak to us, despite the lapse of time, what secrets would the Jomon have to tell of the true story and mystery of ancient Japan?

WHO ARE THE JOMON PEOPLE?

WHO ARE THE JOMON PEOPLE AND WHERE ARE THEY FROM?

Who?

The Jomon are the people of Hotsuma. As we see from the chart, Isanami and Isanagi lived 3,000 years ago. The time of Kunitokotachi was approximately 10,000 years ago. The Hotsuma Tsutae chronicles an era of about four to two thousand years ago, from Toyouke the fifth Takami-musubi through Jimmu Tenno.

Where from?

An infusion of people came from the Lake Baikal region 13,000 years ago. This land in Southern Siberia is currently called Buryatia. Paraphrasing the Heritage of Japan:

At a certain stage during the glacial age, the land of Paleolithic Japan was connected to the mainland at two points (at Kyushu and at Tsugaru). The oldest evidence of this … is found in the Chitose Shukubai Remains in Hokkaido dating between 23,000 to 20,000 years ago. … It is thought that there are two flows of immigrants: through the north of Tibet and through the south of the Himalayas. “DNA research shows that the modern day populations in Okinawa and Ryukyu islands and the Ainu people in Hokkaido are genetically connected to the Jomon people. They share the same genetic markers, features in their body anatomy as well as similarity as ATL virus-carriers.”

Kyushu (Kumamoto) may have been occupied 34,000 years ago. Shikoku has been inhabited continuously from Paleolithic through Jomon times.

“ The Jomon people carry a genetic marker called the ab3st haplotype or blood marker that is shared by Monogoloid populations found today among the Koreans, Tibetan, Eskimo and Yakut peoples, but the marker is commonest among the Baikal Buryats living around Lake Baikal.”

“A separate recent mitochondrial DNA study on the haplogroup M12 = the mitochondrial component of Japanese genes, the counterpart of Y chromosome D lineage – also confirmed the direct connections of Japanese haplotypes with Tibet. This rare haplogroup is possessed only by mainland Japanese Kpreans, and Tibetans, with the highest frequency and diversity in Tibet. These Paleolithic ancestors were thought to have migrated into Japan sometime around 20,000 years ago.”

 

Climate Changes

The chart also shows the temperature fluctuarions over the last 13,000 years. Observe the time of Kunitokotachi was just after the last Ice Age and the temperature was still rather cold. By the time of Ukemochi, the temperature had become more moderate, and Toyouke’s time was rather warm. As we read in Hotsuma Tsutae, in Amateru’s time it grew colder and he moved to a more southerly climate to better grow rice.

References

Julian Way 858: http://julian.way-nifty.com/woshite/2010/04/post-e858.html

Hotsuma Tsutae: http://www.hotsuma.gr.jp/aya/aya15-e.html

Heritage of Japan: http://heritageofjapan.wordpress.com/just-what-was-so-amazing-about-jomon-japan/