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Yamata no Orochi (or simply Orochi) is known as an eight-headed serpent from Japanese mythology.

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The Yamata no Orochi legends are originally recorded in two ancient texts about Japanese mythology and history.

The ca. 680 AD Kojiki transcribes this dragon name as 八岐遠呂智 and ca. 720 AD Nihongi writes it as 八岐大蛇. In both versions of the Orochi myth, the Shinto storm god, Susanoo or Susa-no-Ō, is expelled from Heaven for tricking his sister, Amaterasu, the sun-goddess.

Orochi was said to be killed by Susanoo in order to protect a couple's last daughter after the previous seven daughters were taken by Orochi and devoured by it.

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