Naruto: Kaguya’s Descendants

Naruto: Kaguya’s Descendants

Kaguya’s Family Tree

Back in my discussion about why shinobi of the modern day are weaker than their historical counterparts, I mentioned how all chakra on Earth has a singular origin. That origin is Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, and more specifically, the divine tree she planted.

Kaguya then passed a portion of her chakra down to her two sons, Hamura and Hagoromo. When these two eventually sealed their mother within the moon, Hamura went to live on the moon, leaving Hagoromo the sole heir to the Ōtsutsuki clan on Earth.

Hagoromo had two sons of his own, Indra and Asura, and these two traveled the world gathering followers. Indra and Asura passed their chakra to their followers, and then their followers passed on that chakra down subsequent generations of their clans.

However, there are some modern clans that are the direct descendants of Kaguya’s lineage. These include the Kaguya, Hyūga, Uchiha, Senju, Uzumaki, and potentially Kazamatsuri clans.

Kaguya Clan

The Kaguya clan's symbol from the anime series Naruto
The Kaguya clan’s symbol

As you can probably tell, the Kaguya clan gets their name from their “founding” member. What’s interesting about them is that we don’t actually know how they’re related to Kaguya herself, and yet they’re the first clan in the series with a distinct connection to her.

In fact, despite some of the other clans having more traceable lineages leading back to Kaguya, it’s the Kaguya clan that appears to be closest in relation to her. Their skin is pale like hers, their hair is parted in the same way at the scalp, and their eyebrows are shaped to look like the dots she has on her forehead.

But, the similarities to Kaguya aren’t merely surface level. If this was the case, the argument could be made that the Kaguya clan is nothing more than a cult that worships the founder of chakra. Instead, certain members of the clan actually possess a kekkei genkai that’s known to originate with her: Shikotsumyaku.

Way back near the start of the Naruto series, there was a minor antagonist by the name of Kimimoro. You’ll remember him as the boy who was able to manipulate his own skeleton. That jutsu is the Shikotsumyaku, which itself is a derivation of Kaguya’s Ash-Killing Ash Bones kekkei mōra.

Unfortunately for the Kaguya clan, they’re now extinct. Kimimoro was the last of his clan, so the Shikotsumyaku jutsu died with him.

Hyūga Clan

The Hyūga clan's symbol from the anime series Naruto
The Hyūga clan’s symbol

The Hyūga clan’s lineage to Kaguya is known, unlike the Kaguya clan’s. We know that they descended from Kaguya’s son Hamura, who lived on the moon. I haven’t seen the movie that deals with that, but I’m assuming the clan got its start while Hamura was still on Earth — though I guess they could have traveled back to Earth from the moon.

Anyway, how they got to be on Earth isn’t what’s important for this discussion. The important pieces of information here are that they’re direct descendants of Hamura, who’s the son of Kaguya, and that they have one of the Ōtsutsuki clan’s kekkei genkai to prove it.

You’ll notice that the Hyūga are the only clan with the Byakugan, even among the other clans that descended from Kaguya. This comes down to their lineage through the Hamura side of the family rather than the Hagoromo side.

While Kaguya herself had the Byakugan, they were only passed down to Hamura. Hagoromo instead received the Rinnegan, after which he was named the Sage of Six Paths. So the reason we could tell that the Hyūga clan descends from Hamura rather than Hagoromo (other than the aforementioned movie) is due to their eyes.

And, even the Hyūga’s Eight Trigrams technique is a derivative of Kaguya’s original Eighty Gods Vacuum Attack, so there’s that too.

Uchiha Clan

The Uchiha clan's symbol from the anime series Naruto
The Uchiha clan’s symbol

The Uchiha clan is the first of three clans known to have descended from Hagoromo’s side of the family. Specifically, they’re the descendants of his son Indra, who was the first person to awaken the Sharingan. As such, the connection between the Uchiha clan and Kaguya is pretty clear.

Also, much like the Hyūga, the Uchiha married within their own family for centuries as a way to keep their kekkei genkai from spreading elsewhere. This is why we don’t see any other clans in the entire world who possess either the Byakugan or Sharingan — and that makes it even easier to trace their lineage directly to Kaguya.

There’s not really much else to say about the Uchiha clan here, except that another piece of evidence connecting them to Indra is that the “reincarnation” of Indra is always a member of this clan.

Senju Clan

The Senju clan's symbol from the anime series Naruto
The Senju clan’s symbol

The Senju clan is effectively the opposite of the Uchiha clan. They also descend from Hagoromo’s side of the family. However, rather than being the descendants of Indra, they’re the descendants of Asura.

What’s weird about the descendants of Asura is that they don’t have any visible attributes that would suggest this is the case. Asura wasn’t born with the ability to awaken the Byakugan or Rinnegan. But, he did receive the wood release kekkei genkai, which I’ll get to in just a moment.

First, what makes Asura truly unique from the other members of his family is his life force. Asura and his descendants all have an extremely strong life force. This is the reason Hashirama (the first Hokage) and his granddaughter (Tsunade) were able to use regeneration jutsu so masterfully.

So, what about the wood release? The issue is that we only know of three other wood release users throughout history. One of those three is Yamato, who had Hashirama’s DNA spliced into him, so he doesn’t really matter for this discussion. The other two are Hashirama and Moegi.

Starting with Hashirama, he’s the only member of the Senju clan to naturally awaken wood release. This suggests that it’s not exactly genetic, and doesn’t merely skip a few generations like the Kaguya clan’s Shikotsumyaku. Also, the wood release isn’t connected to being Asura’s reincarnation, because then Naruto would have naturally awakened it as well.

If that wasn’t complicated enough, the fact that Moegi somehow has wood release as well makes it even worse. Moegi is a member of the Kazamatsuri clan, and we simply have no idea how or if they’re related to any clan with a connection to Kaguya.

So for now, I’d say that wood release alone isn’t enough to link a clan to Kaguya. And if it is, then the Kazamatsuri clan must be descended through Asura as well.

Uzumaki Clan

The Uzumaki clan's symbol from the anime series Naruto
The Uzumaki clan’s symbol

The final clan that we know descends from Kaguya is the Uzumaki clan. It was stated that the Uzumaki’s and Senju’s are closely related, and we can see that the Uzumaki’s also wield Asura’s strong life force. This is part of the reason why they’re so useful as jinchuriki and is also the source of Karin’s signature healing ability.

And speaking of Karin, she, Naruto, Boruto, and Himawari are the only four living members of the Uzumaki clan we know of. Nagato and Honoka were also alive during the present timeline of the story, but have both since died.

There’s not really much else to say about the Uzumaki clan though. As far as we know they haven’t received any kekkei genkai from their lineage. But, at least with Naruto being the reincarnation of Asura, we know that any one of his descendants can reincarnate as him, not only members of the Senju clan.

And, since the Senju and, especially, the Uzumaki clans didn’t solely marry within their own clans the way the Kaguya, Uchiha, and Hyūga did, there may be many other clans that are related to Kaguya through Asura that we simply don’t know about — such as the Kazamatsuri clan.

Conclusion

What’s interesting is that of the five clans we know are descended from Kaguya, only one is still going strong: the Hyūga. The Kaguya clan has been eradicated, the Uchiha clan has a sole heir in Sarada, the Senju clan seems like it’s going to die off with Tsunade, and the Uzumaki clan has Boruto and Himawari making up the next generation.

Basically, if anything bad were to happen to the Leaf Village, Kaguya’s known descendants would be wiped out. Sure, Sasuke might be somewhere else and Karin doesn’t live within the village borders, but it’s a real threat.

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