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Amaterasu by JessiBeans Amaterasu by JessiBeans
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Amaterasu was the Japanese Shinto Goddess of the sun and ruler of the Plain of Heaven, whose name means 'shining heaven' or 'she who shines in the heavens'. She is the eldest daughter of Izanagi. She was so bright and radiant that her parents sent her up the Celestial Ladder to heaven, where she has ruled ever since. The Japanese Imperial family claim to decend from her.

When her brother, the storm-god Susanowa, ravaged the earth she retreated to a cave because he was so noisy. She closed the cave with a large boulder. Her disappearance deprived the world of light and life. Demons ruled the earth. The other gods used everything in their power to lure her out, but to no avail. Finally it was Uzume who succeeded, performing comical and obscene dances, to the uproarious laughter of the other gods. Aroused by curiosity, Amaterasu peeked from her cave, a streak of light escaping, which we now call dawn. The goddess then saw her own brilliant reflection in a mirror which Uzume had hung in a nearby tree. When she drew closer for a better look, the gods grabbed her and pulled her out of the cave. She returned to the sky, and brought light back into the world.

This is the first of a six piece portfolio for Independent Study in Digital Drawing, with piece examining a uniquely feminine trait as represented by a goddess. Amaterasu represents vanity.

Adobe Photoshop 7.0, Illustrator 10.0.3 and my Precioussssss
Image © ME!!! 2006
Textures from [link]
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anidoriclonewriter Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is pretty. I'm into Japanese folklore so i found this.
gingertom84 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She was curious about the uproar of laughter alright but then the deities shouted they have found another sun goddess that is more beautiful than her and that the world does not need her anymore. Feeling outraged, she has to see the extraordinary beauty of her imaginary rival for herself, and lo and behold, it was only a reflection of herself – she immediately felt complimented and happy to be the diva that she is.
Lesyeuxmagique Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
This is absolutely gorgeous.
DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
This splendid work has been featured in my journal [link]
Libertades Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question about okami and Omikami, if you say okami was copied then it means it is the same god? I mean Okami is the same that Okmikani right? Sure she's not a wolf?
TheHylain Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
okami means wolf(狼) or great god(大神) depending how you write it in japanese.
JessiBeans Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think I said Okami was copied - but I do love that game, and the Amaterasu in that game is the same in that she is the sun goddess, but most of my research doesn't necessarily say she has a wolf form. That may be an invention of the game designers and/or a particular version of her mythology that they ran with.

You can read more about Amaterasu here: [link]
NicoNekronia Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Is it okay if I use this for my World Religion Project? [Don't worry, my teacher makes us cite sources, otherwise we fail the assignment (weighted four times on our grade) and get reported for plagiarism.]
Neko3hiki Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Love the umbrella halo!
AngelCt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
amaterasu is a character from a game called okami Shes my favorite, character
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