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Gender Feminine
Scripts 天照(Japanese Kanji)
Pronounced Pron. A-MA-TEH-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. She was born when Izanagi washed his left eye after returning from the underworld. 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)

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