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  1. Amaterasu


    Amaterasu emerging from the cave, by Shunsai Toshimasa (春斎年昌), woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper (1887)
  2. Amaterasu

    Religion Amaterasu

    Amaterasu (天照), Amaterasu-ōmikami (天照大御神) or Ōhirume-no-muchi-no-kami (大日孁貴神), the “Great Goddess who lights up the Sky”, is the main Shinto kami, symbolising the sun and the light. According to the Kojiki (古事記, Japan’s most ancient chronicle), she was born out of Izanagi‘s left eye and...
  3. Kami

    Religion Kami

    In Shintoism, kami 神 describes all spirits of divine nature, of essence or natural forces. The Chinese 神 (shin or jin) refers to traditional Chinese nature spirits and may have entered the Japanese language through the Ainu loanword “kamuy” (Ainu: カムイ, Japanese: 神威 or 神居, kamui), describing...
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