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Amaterasu-Ōmikami, simply known as Amaterasu, is the Shinto sun goddess and the current ruler of the High Plane of Heaven. She was treated as the most sacred of all Shinto deities and is said to be a direct ancestor of the Japanese Imperial dynasty.

Overview

Amaterasu is the Japanese sun goddess who rules over the High Plain of Heaven. Her name means "(that which) illuminates Heaven." Amaterasu is the daughter of Izanami and Izanagi whom the latter chose her to be the new ruler of the sky. When her father Izanagi escaped from his visit to Yomi, he had to perform a cleansing ritual in the river Woto and it was then, from the god’s left eye, that Amaterasu was born. She is also the sister of Susanoo the storm god and the Tsukuyomi the moon god. Amaterasu constantly quarreled with her mischievous younger brother Susanoo and finally having enough, Izanagi temporary exiled him from heaven.

She is also the sister of Susanoo the storm god and the Tsukuyomi the moon god. Amaterasu constantly quarreled with her mischievous younger brother Susanoo and finally having enough, Izanagi temporary exiled him from heaven. She became the ruler of the sun and the heavens along with her brother, Tsukuyomi, the Shinto god of the moon and ruler of the night. As the primary goddess of Shintoism, Amaterasu is still worshiped in Japan. Her shrine is at Ise.

The most famous myth involving her took place when her brother Susanoo attacked her temple in a drunken rage and killed several of her priestesses. Distressed by this, Amaterasu fled into a cave and darkness fell on the world.

Appearance

In her human form, Amaterasu appears as a beautiful fit young woman around 24 years old, with long white hair that hangs down to her waist and large breasts. She wears the standard clothes of a miko, a Japanese priestess. Its three measurements are [B89-W85-H86] and its height is 1.60 meters. Sometimes, when in battle, she can summon two fox ears on her head and summon nine fox tails, though in close combat this hinders her. She can transform into a mighty giant white fox with nine tails, with her size being close to 50 meters tall.

In her goddess form, she appears slightly different, only having a slimmer figure and red eyes to match her white hair. She also wears about 10 fox tails and appears wearing a white kimono with some red patches. In its true form, it appears as a small star about 50 meters in diameter that releases such powerful heat that it melts even the metal itself and boils lakes.

Personality

Powers and Abilities

Being the personification of the Sun, Amaterasu has her powers related to light. However, she also has powers related to stars or related things, such as gravity, due to being the personification of the sun, a star. Despite being an excellent light user, she admits that her luminous abilities are just "child-play" when compared to the ability of angels, who are made of God's own light.

  • Elohim Physiology: Amaterasu is a Shinto solar goddess, a powerful entity descended from the primordials, the beings who forged the Universe as we know it. Amaterasu, like the other deities, is a conceptual entity to some degree, personifying the sunlight that brings hope to humanity. Despite that, she is like the other elohim, she is still a subservient of The One True Creator Elohim.
  • Solar Physiology: Amaterasu is made up of or can transform their body completely into solar energy/substances. Her transformed form is anatomically identical to her normal form, as well as being made of energy/solar substances, in which case it contains all organs and is somewhat vulnerable to attack. Alternately, she can transform into homogeneous matter, without any part of their form being more important than the other. Also, since the sun is believed to generate luminous energy as well, it is possible that the body will be a being of both plasma and photons.
    • Solar Manipulation: She can create, shape, and manipulate all aspects of sun, starting from its immense heat, luminosity, mass/gravitational field, magnetic field, raw nuclear energy, and reaction, etc. More specific effects of your sun energy skills include winds/solar flares, geomagnetic storms, causing sunspot reactions, UV emissions and plant growth promotion.
    • Solar Empowerment: She becomes stronger, faster, more durable, etc. when they come into contact with sunlight, possibly unlocking abilities related to the affinity and enhancing the existing powers. She may be able to draw sustenance from the sun or even slow or stop aging.
    • Solar Energy Absorption: She can absorb solar energy, while removing it from the source, into their body and use it in various ways, gaining some form of advantage, either by enhancing themselves, gaining the drained power, using it as power source etc., either temporarily or permanently.
  • Stellar Manipulation: She can create, shape, and manipulate all aspects of stars, self-luminous celestial bodies consisting of a mass of super-heated gas held together by their own gravity in which the energy generated by nuclear reactions in the interior is balanced by the outflow of energy to the surface, and the inward-directed gravitational forces are balanced by the outward-directed gas and radiation pressures.
    • Nova Manipulation: She user can create, shape and manipulate novas (including supernovas, kilonovas and hypernovas), a transient astronomical event that causes the sudden appearance of a bright, apparently "new" star, that slowly fades over several weeks or many months. Nova involve an interaction between two stars that cause the flareup that is perceived as a new entity that is much brighter than the stars involved.
    • Light Manipulation: She can create, shape and manipulate visible light, commonly referred to as light, is electromagnetic radiation that is visible to the human eye, and is responsible for the sense of sight. Primary properties of visible light are intensity, propagation direction, frequency or wavelength spectrum, and polarization, while its speed in a vacuum (299,792,458 meters per second/186,000 MPS) is one of the fundamental constants of nature. Visible light, as with all types of electromagnetic radiation (EMR), is experimentally found to always move at this speed in a vacuum.
    • Absolute Light: She can create a field of absolute light that blinds the targets either temporarily or permanently and may also dull or even completely negate the other senses. It is potentially able to generate light so intense it can completely obliterate anything and everything in its path without any restrictions.
      • Light Attacks: She can release/use light to attacks of various shapes and/or intensities, either projected, used as a part of melee attacks, etc.
  • Black Hole Manipulation: She can create, shape and manipulate black holes, a region of space time where gravity prevents anything, including light, from escaping.
    • Black Hole Creation: She are able to create black holes that can virtually suck in matter and energy. Through Gravitational Singularity, the victim will be ripped to shreds when they enter a black hole. Their body would be stretched apart to a point of compression, causing a lot of pain and suffering. When they enter into a Gravitational Singularity, they would be erased to nothingness as body molecule, matter and energy will be absorbed, causing instant death.
      • Black Hole Attacks: She can release/use black holes for attacks of various shapes and/or intensities, either projected, used as a part of melee attacks, etc.
    • Black Hole Stabilization: She can stabilize black holes regulating them partially or completely, allowing the black hole to be contained and preventing it from absorbing nearby matter.
  • White Hole Manipulation: She can create, shape and manipulate white holes, a hypothetical region of space-time where gravity prevents entry, but energy and matter can escape. Considered the antithesis of black holes, general relativity theory says white holes could form from spinning black holes. The singularity’s rotation allows for entry without destruction. Anything entering would pass through a space-time tunnel (wormhole) and be expelled from a white hole, being set in a different region in space or time period.
  • Astronomical Object Manipulation: She can create, shape, and manipulate celestial/astronomical objects, such as comets, meteors, asteroids, planets, stars, constellations, moons, nebulas, galaxies, black holes, etc.
    • Quasar Creation: She create quasars (quasi-stellar radio sources), energetic and distant members of a class of objects called active galactic nuclei. They are amongst the largest single objects in the known universe. Quasars are luminous and were first identified as being high redshift sources of electromagnetic energy, including radio waves and visible light, and appeared to be similar to stars, rather than extended sources similar to galaxies. Their luminosity can be 100 times greater than that of the Milky Way.

History

Origins

Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi and Susanoo were born when Izanagi went to the plain of Awagihara by the river-mouth of Tachibana in Himuka in the island of Tsukushi and bathed (misogi) in the river Woto to purify himself in a cleansing ritual after visiting Yomi, the underworld, in a failed attempt to rescue his deceased wife, Izanami. Amaterasu was born when Izanagi washed his left eye, Tsukuyomi was born when he washed his right eye, and Susanoo was born when he washed his nose.

Izanagi then appoints Amaterasu to rule the sun and Takamagahara (the "Plain of High Heaven"), while her brothers Tsukuyomi rules the moon and the night, and Susanoo rules the seas and the land.

Separation of Sun and Moon

Originally, Amaterasu shared the sky with Tsukuyomi, her husband and brother until, out of disgust, he killed the goddess of food, Ukemochi, when she pulled "food from her rectum, nose, and mouth". This killing upset Amaterasu causing her to label Tsukuyomi an evil god and split away from him; separating night from day.

Susanoo's Spite

When he was to leave Heaven to Yomi because Izanagi ordered him so, he went to say goodbye to his sister. Amaterasu, suspicious, proposed him a challenge: each of them was to turn an object of the other's into people. Amaterasu created three women from Susanoo's sword while he created five men from her necklace.

When Amaterasu said the men were hers because they were born of her necklace, Susanoo destroyed her rice fields, threw a dead flayed horse into her loom, and killed one of her assistants in anger. For this, Amaterasu went to hide inside Ama-no-Iwato, the "heavenly rock cave", so the Sun was hidden and the world became dark for a long time. The Oni and demons came out to the dark world, and the gods could not make Amaterasu come out of the cave.

Amaterasu is when she blocked herself in a cave following an argument with Susanoo when he surprised the goddess with a monstrous flayed horse when she was quietly weaving in her palace with her younger sister Waka-hiru-me.

Attempts to Return Amaterasu

As a consequence of Amaterasu’s disappearance the world was cast in total darkness and evil spirits ran riot over the earth. The gods tried all manner of ways to persuade the peeved goddess to leave the cave. On the advice of Omohi-Kane, roosters were set outside the cave in the hope their crows would make the goddess think that dawn had come.

The gods also placed a large sakaki tree (Cleyera japonica) outside the cave and decorated it with sparkling jewels (magatama), fine white clothes and a mirror at its center. In addition, Ame-no-Uzume, the goddess of mirth and joy, took a big bucket, turned it upside down near the cave entrance, and began a dance on it. She danced so wildly on a bucket in a strip-tease routine in front of the other Kami. This thought this was so funny that they laughed happily and the other gods’ uproarious laughter finally excited the curiosity of Amaterasu.

Amaterasu's Return

Amaterasu heard them, and looked out to see why the gods were laughing. Opening the blocked cave just enough to see what was going on and whilst distracted by seeing her stunning reflection (or the enthusiastically naked dawn goddess) in the mirror that Ame-no-Uzume had put on a tree, the strong god Ame-no-Tajikara-Wo pulled the goddess out of the cave and then closed the cave behind her, so she could not go back in. Another god tied a magic rope across the entrance.

Tuto-Tamu then held behind the goddess a pole of plaited straw and emphatically stated that the goddess could hide no longer and the world was once more bathed in her radiant sunlight.

After returning to the Heavens, Susanoo was punished by Izanagi by banishing him to Earth for his deeds.

Events on Earth

Later she sent her grandson Ninigi-no-Mikoto to pacify Japan: his great-grandson became the first emperor, Emperor Jimmu. He had a sacred sword (Kusanagi), jewel (Yasakani no magatama), and mirror (Yata no kagami) that became the Japanese imperial regalia.

When the serpent, Yamata-no-Orochi came back from the dead, Amaterasu, her dark avatar Shiranui along with her brothers, Susanoo and Tsukuyomi went to the serpent and kill it again. However, thanks to it being a creature of evil, humanity's own negativity brings it back repeatedly either to die by Amaterasu or Susanoo.

Myths and Legends

The Japanese goddess of light. She is one of the leading deities of Takaamagahara, the land of the Amatsu gods. A deification of the sun, she also governs life. It is said she was born from the left eye of Izanagi.
The Demonic Compedium.

Other story says that Amaterasu blocked herself in a cave was due to an argument with Susanoo when he surprised the goddess with a monstrous flayed horse when she was quietly weaving in her palace with her younger sister Waka-hiru-me.

In Kojiki, her name is unified to be "Amaterasu-Omikami" (天照大御神). In Nihon Shoki, she is more often addressed by her full title of "Amaterasu-Sume-Okami" (天照皇大神), or alternatively "Sume-Omikami" (皇大御神), which literally means the "Great Imperial Deity." In the medieval period, Amaterasu was often called "Tenshô Daijin" in on'yomi reading.

Quotes

I will illuminate this battlefield just as I shine in the heavens.
Amaterasu.
Power? I have no need for such a meaningless concept. Why rule a kingdom with an iron fist when you're capable of spewing light from your very fingertips?
Amaterasu to an Archdemon.
Praise the Sun! ✰
Amaterasu.
Oh yes, Amaterasu, she's like the Shinto version of my sister Uriel, only younger with less experience.
Gabriel.

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Trivia

  • It is rumored that Amaterasu is a lesbian or at least has an attraction towards the female body but this is unconfirmed.
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