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Amaterasu Omikami
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[German Version]

Japanese sun goddess, “great goddess who illuminates the heavens.” Amaterasu is one of the few female solar deities of world mythology, although this may be a modern development. The daughter of Izanagi and the sister of Susanoo, she is a major deity in Japanese mythology. After an altercation with Susanoo, she withdrew into a cave in protest and plunged the world into darkness. Only the dancing and merrymaking of the other deities was able to entice her to emerge and dispel the d…

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Astley, Ian, “Amaterasu Omikami”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00553>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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