There is no art in turning a goddess into a witch, a virgin into a whore, but the opposite operation, to give dignity to what has been scorned, to make the degraded desirable, that calls for art or for character.

~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

As one of the two progenitor Gods of the Amatsukami, Izanami is said to have given to birth the world and the islands of Japan with Izanagi but not necessarily all the Gods that now rule over them. Her first children were born sickly and deformed after she 'inappropriately' spoke first in her and Izanagi's meeting around Amenomihashira, the Pillar of Heaven. Only when they repeated their meeting and allowed him to speak first was she able to bear healthy children. She died giving birth to Kagutsuchi, horribly burned by his fires, and had to travel to the Underworld afterwards. Soem stories say that Iznanagi cut the child to pieces and gave birth to several Gods and spirits as a result. The exact sequence of events, including Kagutsuchi's banishment and eventual merging with Muspelheim is unknown, at least by anyone who is willing to tell.

Izanami's descent into the Underworld, paralleling as it does the stories of Eurydice, Persephone and even Inanna, may symbolise something more than simply a terrible accident or loss. As she and Izanagi were charged with ensuring the harmonous ordering of the world and the heavens her passage into death may have been necessary to achieve balance for the forces of life that the two of them brought into the world. The two of them are likely some of the oldest, and perhaps tiredest, of Gods, with their story of descending form the Higher Heavens to shape the world and give form to it. Rather than claim the immense power of Zeus or others of that ilk, they instead seem to have passed on their power and responsibilities to their their children. While this act does not seem to have entirely spared them the ravages of Fate, they may have found stability away from their tempestuous origins without fear of further reparations to pay in the future.