Goddess Amaterasu

Goddesses Amaterasu & Uzume

Goddess Amaterasu

Amaterasu, Goddess of the Sun in Japan, is the divine ancestor of the Japanese imperial family  who, in Japanese mythology, had created the world. She was the supreme deity of the eight million gods.

goddess Amaterasu

In Japanese mythology Amaterasu was a beautiful and compassionate goddess who ruled the sun and the heavenly fields of rice that fed the Japanese people.  Uzume was a lesser goddess, responsible for laughter,  revelry, and the ancient practice of drumming.

goddess Amaterasu

Amaterasu, depressed and grieving over an attack  by her violent and angry brother, crept away to a dark cave in the mountains and refused to return to the heavens.  Without her sun would not appear, and the crops refused to grow. The world was threatened with famine.

goddess Amaterasu

The goddess Amaterasu and the goddess Uzume (who brought her out of her deep depression) are heroines in Japanese myths that parallel the story of Demeter and the maidservant Baubo in Greek mythology.

goddess Amaterasu

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