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Amaterasu by GENZOMAN Amaterasu by GENZOMAN
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.

A illustration for the upcoming game Myth: Pantheons, wanna know more? check here! :)

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thanks a lot Todd & John for your support!

PSCS/Bamboo/music: Getsumei Fuei -(Ending of Juni Kokki aka Twelve Kingdoms... LOOOOOVE This song)
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ChaosKnightXZ Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Damn she's a real beauty. Great design.
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whitneymorris Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! My all time favorite Goddess! She looks both beautiful and fierce in this.
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TLadyJessica Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional 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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KyoraSan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional Filmographer
This has to be the most beautiful randition of the goddess I've ever scene.
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osirisawakening Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
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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UnbearableME Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
well done :)
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1132Ace Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
If only Amaterasu looked like this in Okami.
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miraotsutsuki Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional 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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HeavenDestruction Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Too bad at ''Naruto'' there only one all powerful being while Amaterasu is a black fire/flames Forgive me! 
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historianGirl Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful.
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Aztecatl13 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
beautiful
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xXCamper61Xx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
OKAMI!
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Waragainstgiygas Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
to the kami!
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BloodyEye Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
So very elegant!  Hail to the sun goddess!!
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EricaXchan Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i played her in a skit teehee
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Elainel-chan Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Perfect, perfect and perfect! <3
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KendrixTermina Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
beautiful.
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Bushido-Wolf-97 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow....as a Shintoist,i can't let this go unFav'd.

This looks absolutely amazing,also curious about the game now.
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Rikuthedragonslayer Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work.
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FireBird180 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I can see where some of the elements of "Naruto" came from
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Eastern-Fox Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Writer
Simply magnificent. I'm gonna picture this from now on when I think of Amaterasu's human form. :D
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Ch3C3ntaur Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
I'd like to see your rendition of Susano'o
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Arielslr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow as I read through this I couldn't help but think about Naruto.. so this is were Masashi Kishimoto got the names or what? LOL
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imran102 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty amazing!
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spottedwind56 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love when people draw her how she actually looks, it actually bothers me when she's drawn with white hair. This is beautiful and I love it ^^
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Okamicat Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing! I can tell it was based off of the original legend and not just the game Okami, but it still is amazing!
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ClickWhirr65 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
The cave myth is one of my absolute favorites. Another word about Susanoo; he grows up eventually, settling down with a wife to raise a family. He was never so much 'evil' as selfish and immature. He even slays a terrible dragon on his path to maturity.
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Blueconroy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
So she is a real deitiy but is shurinui and her other lifes also in myths?
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep. As I listen to Okami, I think about this.
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Nayren Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
I love your style of artwork.

Care to do one on inque?
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MTYmaster10 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
You have done a wonderful job
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amazingbutterfly Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Girl: Do u even want to be with me forever?
Boy: No
Girl: Do u even like me?
Boy: No
Girl: Would u cry if i walked away?
Boy: No
She heard enough and was hurt... She walked away with tears in her eyes
The boy grabbed her arm
Boy: Your not pretty...your beautiful
Boy: I dont want to be with u forever...I need to be with u forever
Boy: I dont like u...I love u
Boy: I wouldn't cry if u walked away......I would die if u walked away.
Boy Whispers: Plz stay with me
Girl: I will...
*Tonight at midnight your true love will realize they loves u
*Something good will happen to u at 1-4pm
*Tomorrow it could be anywhere!!!
*Get ready for the shock of your life!
*If u dont post this to 5 other comments... You will have baD luck in relationships for the next 10 years
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sarin555 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
...damm you make me imagine a boy said this to Amaterasu...that would be beautiful.
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ArtistRevelation Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Awesome artwork.
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Robguil4774 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
All ancient gods (Egyptian, Greek, Japanese) were aliens.
And japanese emperor was descendant of extraterrestrial being.
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RuizBr Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
... I knew it!

Congrats in saying something that everyone think, but never say!

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NicoleEirin Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing.
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xaldorn Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
this is incredible man.
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Krysnha Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
IMpecable work thanks so much i love your gallerys with this one i have four of your masterpieces in my favourites thanks so much
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Okamicat Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nice picture and Mythical Story o.o
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BogartRojas Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I like very much your work genzoman, i really want to learn your technics from you man. for real!
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GHENGIZZ Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beyond awesome dude:) How about Ame No Uzume next time? She sounds awesome!
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rainkeltoia Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful portrayal of Amaterasu!!
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ruixi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
woooow!!!!!........
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Cameron-Ohara Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey!

I was wondering if I could use your picture of Amaterasu in a blog post I'm doing about Takachiho (Kyushu) and the cave there where, legend says, she hid herself away in.

My blog is angrygaijin.wordpress.com if you wanna check it out first.

Thanks! :)
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Indagare Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome!
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kito42 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you are BEYOND amazing TT^TT
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lazarusninja Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
she's like the japanese virgin mary, only except she's a deity.
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Forge-Silvershield Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the piece that got me hooked on your work. I have this image on my desktop at work and it has stayed for many months. Thank you for your fabulous work!!
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