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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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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.
Rikuthedragonslayer Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The god of the moon.
imran102 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy shit, this is just amazing. 
Rebornusmc Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
love your art work.
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!!!"

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

Shadow-DJ Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
GarciaCollote Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
me encantan sus ilustraciones de angeles o deidades aladas es usted todo un maestro
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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