Yamata-no-orochi annually ate the daughters of two earthly deities, Ashi-nadzuchi and Te-nadzuchi, for seven years. The eighth year, the dragon prepared to consume their last living daughter, Kushi-nada-hime. 
Both the deities wept, because Yamata-no-orochi reared eight formidable heads and lashed eight whip-like tails.  His eyes were red like winter-cherries.  He filled the length and space of eight hills  and the eight valleys between them. 
On his way to consume the final daughter, Yamata-no-orochi, the eight-forked serpent, found eight bowls of sake, an alcoholic beverage brewed from rice.  He drank and drank and drank, each head to its own bowl, until Yamata-no-orochi became very, very drunk  and he fell asleep. 
- Yamata-no-orochi had eight heads. 
- His tail contained a divine sword. 
- Susa-no-o tricked Yamata-no-orochi with the use of sake. In some versions, the sake was poisoned. 
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