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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! :)


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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Rikuthedragonslayer 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work.
FireBird180 Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I can see where some of the elements of "Naruto" came from
JCMasterman Mar 30, 2014  Student Writer
Simply magnificent. I'm gonna picture this from now on when I think of Amaterasu's human form. :D
I'd like to see your rendition of Susano'o
Arielslr Feb 22, 2014  New member 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
imran102 Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty amazing!
spottedwind56 Jan 5, 2014  Student 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 ^^
Okamicat 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!
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.
So she is a real deitiy but is shurinui and her other lifes also in myths?
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