After his victory in the Jinshin Rebellion, Temmu Tennô set out to further strengthen his position, so that such a civil war would not occur again. After describing his military triumph and assumption of the Heavenly Dignity, the preface to the Kojiki praises his wisdom and understanding of history. That "history" describes a cosmology where the tennô is entrusted with ruling the realm under heaven, and his ministers are given the task of maturigötö.

Descending upon the newly created Central Land of the Reed Plains, the Heavenly Grandchild and his successors face the need to further pacify the land. Assigned to the tennô's ministers, maturigötö in the Kojiki refers specifically to missions of military pacification. Performed before the divine presence, maturigötö requires religious authority in addition to more direct methods of attaining peace through war.

Including even Jingû Kôgô and Amaterasu, the passive, primarily religious role of females still depends on their active male counterparts. By limiting the accounts of the last ten tennô to mere genealogies, the Kojiki effectively cuts China out of the picture, as well as any historical female monarchs. Though peaceful rule is the goal, violence and warfare are inevitable parts of its pursuit.