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Amaterasu is described in the Kojiki as the sun goddess who was born from Izanagi's left eye. She was also accompanied by her siblings Susanoo, the storm deity, and Tsukuyomi, the moon deity, who were born from Izanagi's nose and right eye respectively. In the Kojiki, Amaterasu is described as the goddess from which all light emanates and is often referred to as the sun goddess because of her warmth and compassion for the people who worshipped her. Some other myths state that Amaterasu was born from water.

Most of her myths revolve around an incident where the goddess traps herself in a cave because of her brother's actions. For a while, everything among the three revered gods was peaceful and all of the world ran smoothly. One day, Susanoo, in a drunken rampage, trampled Amaterasu's rice fields, filled all of her irrigation ditches and threw excrement into her palace and her shrines. The Omikami asked her brother to stop but he ignored her and even went so far as to throw the corpse of a skinned horse at her hand-maidens who were weaving at the time. The women were killed by the splintered wood from the looms piercing their bodies.

Amaterasu was greatly angered and in protest she shut herself in the Heavenly Cave and sealed it shut with a giant rock. As a result, the world was consumed with darkness. Without her, everything began to wither and die. Countless Kami gathered in front of her cave and devised a way to lure her out. They all sat around the cave and set up a mirror across from the entrance. Ame-no-Uzume, the voluptuous goddess of merriment turned over a wash-tub and began a sensual dance, tapping the beat on the tub. She exposed her breasts and lifted her skirts as she danced. All of the gods made a great noise of yelling and cheering and laughing. Amaterasu peeked out to see what the noise was about. She asked the nearest god what was going on and he replied that there was a new goddess. When Amaterasu asked where she was, he pointed to the mirror.

The Omikami had never seen herself before and when she caught her reflection, she stared at the radiance of her own form. She was so surprised she said "omo-shiroi", which means both "white face", which the Omikami had, and "fascinating". When she was out of the way, Tajikara-O shut the rock behind her. Having lured her out of the cave, the gods convinced her to go back into the Celestial Plain and all life began to grow again and become strong in her light. Once back in the Celestial Plain, she made sure that she was ready for her brother's harsh actions again by having a bow and quiver at her side.

Later she sent her grandson Ninigi-no-Mikoto to pacify Japan: his great-grandson became the first emperor, Emperor Jimmu. He had a sacred sword (Kusanagi), jewel (Yasakani no magatama), and mirror (Yata no kagami) that became the Japanese imperial regalia.

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Willfire-Z-TigerHobbyist General Artist
Amazing. I love how you shaded, colored and drew Amaterasu. I also love the background and how it blends. I love how anime Amaterasu looks.
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Do you got a pic of kotoamatsukami or tsukuyomi?
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SCARFACEPHOENIXHobbyist General Artist
shes beautiful 
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The fact that they got the goddess of dawn and partying to get the sun goddess out of the cave with a strip tease is honestly the most hilarious think mythology wise I've ever heard.
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JojotoPepLolYechHobbyist General Artist
AMATERASU I LOVE YOUUUUUUU
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Praise the sun!
animalia555's avatar
Do you plan on doing the other two?
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sun of goddess  art just i'm real like
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Hi I love your artwork! I posted this one on my Tumblr page (link below) if you don't approve of the post please let me know and I will remove it. I also linked your page to this artwork and your main page to. Again I love this it's so beautiful!

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AkameStHobbyist Photographer
^^)
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Shinto-CetraStudent Traditional Artist
I'm blown away...you captured divinity, beauty, and radiance so perfectly...amazing.
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Cool! So she is not a wolf?
HeraldOfOpera's avatar
Nope! (although in a universe I'm writing, some combination of Okami's popularity and the fact that it was how a lot of people first found out about her resulted in her becoming a Little Bit Beastly, as the trope)
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QuantumCalmnessHobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and educational, thank you for taking the time to gather this information!
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Leopold002Hobbyist Writer
Informative!
DraxAQN's avatar
Simply amazing.
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Damn she's a real beauty. Great design.
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whitneymorrisHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! My all time favorite Goddess! She looks both beautiful and fierce in this.
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TLadyJessicaProfessional General Artist
I have to agree, this IS the most beautiful rendition of Amaterasu I've ever seen done in the artistic medium! It is simply splendid, and looks very respectful to the Sun Goddess as she is described in Japanese tradition. Very great work, simply glorious! :D
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KyoraSanProfessional Filmographer
This has to be the most beautiful randition of the goddess I've ever scene.
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The Light of the World, as she is described in the Shintoism or better the Enlighter of the Sky :3

Such a amazing and mysteriouse deity <3

The Sun plays a Corerole in all Mythologys and Religions

Ra, Amaterasu, Sol, Helios, Tonatiuh, Shamash etc.

nice art and Concept of her <3
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If only Amaterasu looked like this in Okami.
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miraotsutsukiStudent General Artist
hello.  may i feature this work in my commissioned work?  i have given you credit for painting/ creating it.  if you do not want me to, i shall take it down immediately!  *bows*
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