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GenderFeminine
Scripts天照 Japanese Kanji
PronouncedPron.A-MA-TE-RA-SOO Japanese
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Meaning & History

Means "shining over heaven", from Japanese (ama) meaning "heaven, sky" and (terasu) meaning "shine". This was the name of the Japanese sun goddess, the ruler of the heavens. At one time the Japanese royal family claimed descent from her.

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Amaterasu emerging from a cave, a detail from a work by Utagawa Kunisada (1857)Amaterasu emerging from a cave, a detail from a work by Utagawa Kunisada (1857)
Entry updated August 16, 2017   Contribute