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Matsu Kyoda 
Born: Unknown 
Died: Unknown 
Spouse: Osano-Wo 
Children: Kaimetsu-Uo 
Titles: Matsu Daimyo

Matsu Kyoda was a Matsu Daimyo who married Osano-Wo and mother of the Mantis Clan founder, Kaimetsu-Uo. [1] [2]

Married Edit

Kyoda was a commander of the Lion's Pride, [3] who was selected to marry Osano-Wo in the year 65. [4] Nine months later, two children were born on the same day, Kyoda's son, Kaimetsu-Uo and the son of a peasant who Osano-Wo formally acknowledged as his own. The boy was brought to Kyuden Hida to be raised with his Lion half-brother. [5]

Leaving the Crab Edit

When in the year 80 the heir to the Crab was decided, [4] it was the son of the peasant, Hida Kenzan, who was given the Crab Clan sword. [5] In a rage, Kyoda cut off her hair, took her son away from the Crab lands to begin a life of their own. [6]

Mantis islands Edit

They traveled across the wide waters of the Crane bay, to a distant island chain known only as the Islands of Silk and Spice[6] in the year 79. [7]

Doji Barahime Edit

Centuries later, Barahime of the Doji family commented that the Mantis Clan was founded in part because Kyoda lacked propriety. [6] [8]

Preceded by:
Matsu Daimyo
? - 65
Succeeded by:


  1. Great Clans, p. 152
  2. Way of the Minor Clans, p. 13
  3. Four Winds, p. 167
  4. 4.0 4.1 Imperial Histories, p. 19
  5. 5.0 5.1 One Man's Courage
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Code of Bushido, p. 45
  7. Fealty and Freedom, p. 23
  8. Way of the Crab, p. 24

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