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Tsukuyomi by GENZOMAN Tsukuyomi by GENZOMAN
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Tsukuyomi (ツクヨミ?, also known as Tsukuyomi-no-kami), is the moon god in Shinto and Japanese mythology. The name Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto is a combination of the Japanese words for "moon; month" (tsuki) and "to read; to count" (yomu). Another interpretation is that his name is a combination of "moonlit night" (Tsukiyo) and a verb meaning "to look at" (miru). Yet another interpretation is that the kanji for "bow" (弓, yumi) was corrupted with the kanji for "yomi". "Yomi" also may refer to the Japanese underworld, though this interpretation is unlikely.

Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto was the second of the "three noble children" born when Izanagi-no-Mikoto, the god who created the first land, Onogoro-shima, was cleansing himself of his sins while bathing himself after escaping the underworld and the clutches of his enraged dead wife, Izanami-no-Mikoto. Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto was born when he washed out of Izanagi-no-Mikoto's right eye. However, in an alternate story, Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto was born from a mirror made of white copper in Izanagi-no-Mikoto's right hand.

After climbing a celestial ladder, Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto lived in the heavens, also known as Takamagahara, with his sister Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess.

Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto angered Amaterasu Omikami when he killed Uke Mochi, the goddess of food. Amaterasu Omikami once sent Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto to represent her at a feast presented by Uke Mochi. The goddess made the food by turning to the ocean and spitting out a fish, then facing the forest and game came out of her anus, and finally turned to a rice paddy and coughed up a bowl of rice. Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto was utterly disgusted by the fact that, although it looked exquisite, the meal was made in a disgusting manner, and so he killed her.

Soon, Amaterasu Omikami learned what happened and she was so angry that she refused to ever look at Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto again, forever moving to another part of the sky. This is the reason that day and night are never together. In later versions of this myth, Uke Mochi is killed by Susanoo-no-Mikoto.
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homelessfox Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
awesome!
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allfools Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Where's the nose?
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LavaMan32 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
In Tsukuyomi's defense, if anyone fed you food they threw up and popped out of their ass, you'd sort of want to kill them too.
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Rikuthedragonslayer Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The god of the moon.
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imran102 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy shit, this is just amazing. 
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Rebornusmc Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
love your art work.
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Ninjagirl2211 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Is it bad that every time I hear that myth I start giggling?
I feel bad for Tsukiyomi. I would've done the same exact thing!

Tsukiyomi: "But you weren't THERE! You didn't SEE it--"

Amaterasu: "I don't care about your stupid excuses!!! I'm never looking at you AGAIN!!!"

LOL
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Shadow-DJ Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
SO...what exactly is up with the sword? What exactly is his sword called?
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graller Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Badass...Thats what the sword is called my friend

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Shadow-DJ Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Huh?
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GarciaCollote Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
me encantan sus ilustraciones de angeles o deidades aladas es usted todo un maestro
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zorkalorp Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is one of my favorites!!!! I can look at it all day!
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LadyIlona1984 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What game are referring to?(The one that came out of Uke Mochi's you-know-what)
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nataruma Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Game in this case refers to wild animals hunted for their meat, usually boar, deer, wild birds and herbivores. So basically she crapped out the meat.
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LadyIlona1984 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for telling me. ^^

Nicely done on this pic. :)
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ArchangelMarco Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Swords and wings are power! :D
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Snowflower--Chan00 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Writer
EPIC!!!!! :D
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GreedHyogi Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
have you played Okami? If niot that is a game you would love! SOOO much japanese myth and so much fun!
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ImRandomArtist Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
and great picture btw
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ImRandomArtist Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
.............................. you mind telling me where, and how you got that information? im writing a story about the gods and stuff like that, myths and legends of many religions and locations..... so i would really appreciate it if you would tell me how to get similar infomation
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darkpaladinsorceress Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
i would love to see that story you are writing about when it is complete...i am a fan of myths....hope everything goes well.....oh and that's a gorgeous picture
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ImRandomArtist Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
haha, well i got like 5 chapters out, when my p.c got broken and i had to get a new desktop XD sooo yeah....gonna take so long to rewrite everything too....then plan stuff out.......then all my other projects.....so yeah all my plans got shot to hell and all my projects and works i have done over the past year is gone.......there goes a year and a half of my life ^^, so yeah its going to take a while btu thanks for your support, GREAT appreciated, so much you would not believe
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:icondarkpaladinsorceress:
I am so sorry to hear this, poor thing, must have really costed you, i would have just screamed out of frustration. Keep going I am sure you will make it... I will totally be waiting for as much as it takes, if you can actually send it to me, it may be really difficut so i dont expect you to do it. Hope I am not troubling you.
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ImRandomArtist Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
its no trouble at all, just hope you can wait since my plans are a mess with school soon, shopping, and all my other projects, i should have chapter one or half of it out in 3 days
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:icondarkpaladinsorceress:
oh gosh i know exactly what you mean...i am too a little fed up with all these things..god bless drawing for helping me relax...and yet you manage to make chapters in such a short time....you are a hero!!! sure i can wait, it will be a lovelly break from my routine...take your time dear..oh just a question, hope it is not too personal, how did you become fascinated with mythology?
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ImRandomArtist Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
i just posted a bit of my story, thought i messed up so you can read it and get a bit of an idea of how i write, thought theres not much story yet this is all to build up the feeling and character development
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ImRandomArtist Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
hmmm don't really remember but im pretty sure it had something to do with the fact that as a child and still now i couldn't do out much because of my medical condition and my family used to play pretend alot with monster and magic and I found it cool and interesting, and i know i said 3 days but sorry, had ALOT of editing to do, that and....i forgot where to find you lol i was going around looking for you
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Rainwatr Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
I dunno looks like another Sephiroth to me :P
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KryptnKnight Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome, i love Japanese mythology
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LadyIlona1984 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too. ;)
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Lygatth Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GREAT !
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LlamaAngelica Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
the name reminds me of one of Itachi's abilities.
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Ninjagirl2211 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's based off of it. So yeah.
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LlamaAngelica Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
EPIC
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stupnik Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
cool
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ZackGold Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me Encanta :O

Viva la mitología japonesa! :P
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LevyIsBelnika Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
can i use this one as well
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NoriNeko-Noriaki Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING!!! :iconjoyplz:
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Geosgaeno Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Wow, It's cool ! Lovin'it !XD
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Dark1577-7 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Student General Artist
It llooks like sephiroth as well.
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saishadow Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
awsome
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Plutonian-Frostmonky Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student Writer
moon!
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tsukiyomi-akane Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that's me alright....the only difference is that he is male...i am female...oh well XD awesome art!
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allenjohnson Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
This would be a great illustration for Magic the gathering
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se7te Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Quiero hacer una tatuaje con esa arte algum dia
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demonfuuck Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Wow *-*
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nekoroxas13 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
sephorthroph
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Satoshi444 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Cool artwork here!
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spike360 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Beautiful pic! Kind of reminds me of Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII, with the long white hair and the big sword (though it is not a Masamune). But this is incredible, and I remember the Japanese Shinto moon god from my mythology books.
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SonicWolvelina99 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto angered Amaterasu Omikami when he killed Uke Mochi, the goddess of FOOD." PANIC.
"Amaterasu Omikami once sent Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto to represent her at a feast presented by Uke Mochi." Umm OK?
"The goddess made the food by turning to the ocean and spitting out a fish, then facing the forest and game came out of her anus, and finally turned to a rice paddy and coughed up a bowl of rice. Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto was utterly disgusted by the fact that, although it looked exquisite, the meal was made in a disgusting manner, and so he killed her."

Right, now I understand why he killed her. ._.

I always thought Tsukuyomi was a DUDE but whatever. Great interpretation!
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