Japanese - A Shinto sun-goddess. An aspect of Kunitokotachi. Daughter of Izanagi and Izanami. Sister of Susanowa, Tsuki-yomo and Waka-hiru-me. She was said to have been produced from the eye (right or left according to which story is read) of Izanagi when he washed his face. When she was born, her parents sent her up the Ladder of Heaven to take her place as the sun-goddess. Susanowa challenged her to a contest in an attempt to take over her kingdom of heaven. She chewed up his sword and spat out three female deities, and he swallowed her fivestrand necklace and spat out five male deities. He then claimed her realm, and so upset his sister that she shut herself in the cave Ama-no-iwato and darkness descended on the earth until the Eighty Myriad Gods persuaded her to emerge when they invented the mirror, Kagami, for her and had Uzume dance to make them all laugh. Her sacred bird was the Yatagarasu. Also called Amaterasu, Ama-Terasu, Ama-Terasu, Mikura-tana, Mikura-tana, Oho-hiru-me-no-muchi, Oho-hiru-me-no-muchi, Omikami, Omikami, sacred birds, sacred birds, birds, Ainu Ahura Mazda, Apollo, Athena, Helius, Hermes, Mercury, Mithra, Nyx, Tammuz, Zas Arawn, Artemis, China, Fukurokuju, Kwannon, Lares, Mannanan, Perseus, Shou Shen, Thoth Apollo, Asclepius, Angerbode Brac, Cronus, Odin, Saturn, Yama Juno Aphrodite, Astarte Ararjatis, Ataragatis, Hachiman, Venus Dusara, Jupiter Egypt Apollo, Baba, Brahma, Dionysus, Egypt, Eros, Epona, Hera, Horus, Iris, Juno, Kaltesh, Mars, Ops, Osiris, Seb, Thoth, Vishnu Isis Apollo, Here, Tethys Zoastrianism Asclepius, Inara Ketu, Minerva Brahma, Lakshmi, Sarasvati Apollo, Melkarth Asclepius, Noah, Odin Saturn Aphrodite, Venus Hera, Sweden Aphrodite, Isis Aphrodite, Venus Aztecs, Maya Apollo, Ares Heracles, Isis, Izanagi, Izanami Ares Triptolemus Amaterasu, Shinmei, Shinmei, Tensho-ko-daijin, Tensho-ko-daijin, Amaterasu-no-mikoto, Amaterasu-no-mikoto, Amaterasu-oho-hiru-no, Amaterasu-oho-hiru-no, Amaterasu-ohomi-kami, Amaterasu-ohomi-kami, Amaterasu Omikami, Amaterasu Omikami, Mikuratana, Mikuratana, Hachioji or Hachioji.

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