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Amaterasu was the Japanese Shinto Goddess of the sun and ruler of the Plain of Heaven, whose name means 'shining heaven' or 'she who shines in the heavens'. She is the eldest daughter of Izanagi. She was so bright and radiant that her parents sent her up the Celestial Ladder to heaven, where she has ruled ever since. The Japanese Imperial family claim to decend from her.

When her brother, the storm-god Susanowa, ravaged the earth she retreated to a cave because he was so noisy. She closed the cave with a large boulder. Her disappearance deprived the world of light and life. Demons ruled the earth. The other gods used everything in their power to lure her out, but to no avail. Finally it was Uzume who succeeded, performing comical and obscene dances, to the uproarious laughter of the other gods. Aroused by curiosity, Amaterasu peeked from her cave, a streak of light escaping, which we now call dawn. The goddess then saw her own brilliant reflection in a mirror which Uzume had hung in a nearby tree. When she drew closer for a better look, the gods grabbed her and pulled her out of the cave. She returned to the sky, and brought light back into the world.

This is the first of a six piece portfolio for Independent Study in Digital Drawing, with piece examining a uniquely feminine trait as represented by a goddess. Amaterasu represents vanity.

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anidoriclonewriter's avatar
This is pretty. I'm into Japanese folklore so i found this.
gingertom84's avatar
She was curious about the uproar of laughter alright but then the deities shouted they have found another sun goddess that is more beautiful than her and that the world does not need her anymore. Feeling outraged, she has to see the extraordinary beauty of her imaginary rival for herself, and lo and behold, it was only a reflection of herself – she immediately felt complimented and happy to be the diva that she is.
This is absolutely gorgeous.
DameOdessaStock's avatar
This splendid work has been featured in my journal [link]
Libertades's avatar
I have a question about okami and Omikami, if you say okami was copied then it means it is the same god? I mean Okami is the same that Okmikani right? Sure she's not a wolf?
TheHylain's avatar
okami means wolf(狼) or great god(大神) depending how you write it in japanese.
JessiBeans's avatar
I don't think I said Okami was copied - but I do love that game, and the Amaterasu in that game is the same in that she is the sun goddess, but most of my research doesn't necessarily say she has a wolf form. That may be an invention of the game designers and/or a particular version of her mythology that they ran with.

You can read more about Amaterasu here: [link]
NicoNekronia's avatar
Is it okay if I use this for my World Religion Project? [Don't worry, my teacher makes us cite sources, otherwise we fail the assignment (weighted four times on our grade) and get reported for plagiarism.]
Neko3hiki's avatar
Love the umbrella halo!
amaterasu is a character from a game called okami Shes my favorite, character
NicoNekronia's avatar
Amaterasu-Omikami is the original Sun-Goddess of Shinto. You know how video games usually copy the characters' names from mythological/religious people?
Shmelanna's avatar
adore the colours and patterns of the kimono :)
everybody loves karate fighting!!!!!!
TheObsessiveBrowser's avatar
This piece has attributes of a stained - glass work & a painting. Someon else said it, but it was my thought as well. & there's a little of a woodcut / woodblock print influence, at least IMHO. Quite detailed
CaezarGrantz's avatar
simply amazing
A fascinating legend and so brilliantly illustrated. The bright, rich reds, oranges and yellows contrasted with her white face work beautifully. The goddess is lovely and one can easily imagine her as the Sun Goddess.
AlexGlimes's avatar
i see a lot images of amaterasu but is the first time i see an artist who catch a real moment of her history!!
great work, in art and especially content!!:heart:
CarolinaGiani's avatar
This portfolio is simply great... Love the choices you made, both on the characters and the coloring ...
BerriesSparrowMouse's avatar
I find it funny how most people know Amaterasu from Okami. Im acually Shinto :3. And the coloring is beautiful :)
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Your work is featured in my March 5, 2010 Journal -- [link]
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Your wonderful work is featured in my journal [link]
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BoeseKuenstler's avatar
Your work is so beautiful. Sadly, I am disapointed in the development of your asian faces. Do you have difficulty? All of your other faces are so beautiful and well developed. I was shocked to see the difference in quality pertaining to this woman's face.
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