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Amaterasu by Donna Ingham

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Alternate names: Ama-terasu-o-mi-kami
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Amaterasu is the Japanese sun goddess and supreme deity of the Shinto faith. Through Her descendent Ninigi, who married Konohana, or Sengen, She is the ancestress of the Imperial family. Her name means “Great Shining Goddess of Heaven”, and She is the daughter of Izanami and Izanagi, the divine couple who created the lands. Her double shrine at Ise is rebuilt every twenty years, using one of the two identical buildings as a model. Thus the form of Her temple has remained consistent for two thousand years.

Like other solar deities such as Apollo, Amaterasu is an archer, Her quiver holding one thousand arrows. She is also a weaver who makes the garments of the gods.

Amaterasu’s impetuous, loud, and altogether boorish younger brother Susano-o made it a habit to undo all Her good deeds, and in frustration and fear, She shut herself inside a cave and refused to come out. The other Gods could not bear to be without Her light, and finally enticed Her out by holding a raucous party outside the cave entrance, the highlight of which was the goddess Uzume performing a divine striptease. Her curiosity piqued by the Gods’ roaring laughter, Amaterasu looked out and saw Her own reflection in an octagonal mirror placed there. Fascinated by Her own nearly forgotten beauty, She came out of the cave a little, which was shut fast behind Her.

Amaterasu is associated with royal power, and returning life and joy after dark times, as the sun becomes stronger and warmer after winter.

Alternate names: Ama-terasu-o-mi-kami
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This work has been favorited by 32 people


  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous. Love the intense green eyes against the white and red.

  • Thank you Sybille, appreciated as alway’s! :-) x

    – Donna Ingham

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooabout 4 years ago

    wow, incredibly beautiful!

  • Thank you WanderingBoo.So glad you like!

    – Donna Ingham

  • linskudd
    linskuddabout 4 years ago

    Lovely work.

  • Thank you so much Linskudd!

    – Donna Ingham

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic work Donna!! :)

  • Thank you Keith appreciated as alway’s! :-) x

    – Donna Ingham

  • Ami  Wilber-Mosher
    Ami Wilber-Mo...about 4 years ago

    Donna, I love your work!

  • Thank you Ami, so very kind of you! Means a lot to me!! :-) x

    – Donna Ingham

  • RabbitHeart
    RabbitHeartabout 4 years ago

    So very beautiful Donna!

  • Hi Rabbitheart, thanks so much! :-) x

    – Donna Ingham

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely flawless! Oh my Donna! I ADORE this one!!! …ur art is soooooo amazing ;-) mwah Daniela – A fav of course!!!

  • Thank you so much Daniela,so very supportive and kind of you! :-)x

    – Donna Ingham

  • artsmitten
    artsmittenabout 4 years ago

    excellent work and writing behind this …loved it more after reading

  • Thank you artsmitten, so glad you like! :-)

    – Donna Ingham

  • Chris Armytage™
    Chris Armytage™about 4 years ago

    Totally gorgeous!

  • Thank you Chris, apprecite your visit! :-)

    – Donna Ingham

  • Lorraine Creagh
    Lorraine Creaghabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful Donna

  • Thank you so much Lorraine, I am really honoured to be featured!Made my day!! :-) x

    – Donna Ingham

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